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Cognitive Styles, Task Complexity, and Conflict Management Behaviors in Virtual Teams
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, , , Indiana University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of cognitive styles and task complexity on teamwork. The findings of this study indicated a significant effect of cognitive styles on initial team performance. A moderately complex task team outperformed a complex task team in the final performance. The study revealed that a process variable—conflict management behaviors in particular—played a role in moderating the effect of input variables. With consideration of the wide application of teamwork activities in an online environment, the implication of this study suggests that the effects of input and process variables on teamwork can be varied by time duration and thus proper adaptation along with good timing should be carefully considered for effective online collaborative learning.

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Lee, S.h., Magjuka, R. & Liu, X. (2007). Cognitive Styles, Task Complexity, and Conflict Management Behaviors in Virtual Teams. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1842-1846). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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