The Impact of Momentum on Team Performance: A Myth or Reality?

Morgenstern, Uta (2006) The Impact of Momentum on Team Performance: A Myth or Reality? [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The core of this study lies in the examination of determinants of team performance by concentrating on the impact of momentum as a group dynamic factor. The English Football Premier League is used as basis for this research as it provides excellent conditions for deriving conclusions about teams in a business context. The impact of momentum is connected with a human capital framework and then empirically tested by using data from the appointed league.

The results have been mixed but the most cogent result has been that momentum does not have a direct influence on team performance but enhances the positive effects of human capital on team performance. Therefore, team dynamics cannot be separated from the more traditional human capital effects. It has also been uncovered that emotional conflict may not necessarily pose a problem to favourable team dynamics and that task conflict also should receive more attention within a football context. The notion prevails, however, that if momentum effect exist then they are abated by some breakers.

That the study has been partly inconclusive adds to the omnipotent conception that team dynamics are difficult to disentangle and that they are probably more complex than often rendered by inquiries. Nevertheless, this study has some important implications for the management of teams, in particular within a football context, and those can be, not completely however, transferred to organisational settings.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 13:40

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