Boosting team flow through collective efficacy beliefs: A multilevel study in real‐life organizational teams

Lise A. van Oortmerssen*, Marjolein C. J. Caniëls, Dave Stynen, Anouk van Ritbergen

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Abstract

Team flow is a positive team state that may augment team performance and well-being of team members. Although gaining momentum, the topic of collective flow in a work team context is still largely unexplored and little is known about what factors foster it. In addition, research into this topic has so far been conducted predominantly outside real-life organizational work settings. In the study reported on in this paper, 386 respondents from 60 teams in four public organizations in different domains were included in a survey study. Results of a multilevel analysis showed that, at the between-group level and the within-group level, team goal commitment was positively associated with team flow, and collective efficacy beliefs served as a mediator in the relationship between team goal commitment and work team flow. Moreover, at the within-group level, support was found for a positive, mediated association of team proximity with team flow and for a moderating role of collective challenge-skills balance. Conclusions from this study provide more insights into the complex mechanisms involved in establishing collective flow within a work team context, with implications for both researchers and managers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • ANTECEDENTS
  • COMMITMENT
  • CONSEQUENCES
  • EXPERIENCE
  • GOAL-SETTING PROCESS
  • MODELS
  • MULTIPLE LEVELS
  • NETWORKED FLOW
  • PERFORMANCE
  • WORK

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