Conference participants have the opportunity to submit full papers to a special issue of the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (EJWOP) that is dedicated to the topic
of the small group meeting. The submission deadline is April 30, 2011.
Submission to the special issue is not restricted to participants of the SGM.
Every single phenomenon in teams is affected by time: All teams are formed at
some point in time, exist for a certain period, and eventually dissolve. During
their lifetime a myriad of changes take place. As team members come and go, the
team’s composition and structure change. Teams pass through different stages,
which brings stability and instability (Gersick, 1989); they exhibit changing
types of conflict (Jehn & Mannix, 2001); and the performance of teams
accumulates over time with the team's experience (Brodbeck & Greitemeyer, 2000).
Furthermore, what happened before the team was formed and what might happen
after it dissolves can also influence team members' current behavior (Roe,
It is important to consider time in teams from several angles (Blount, 2004; Roe,
2008). First, team interaction unfolds over time. Social integration and
affective reactions to working in teams (such as identification, satisfaction,
cohesion, and trust), cognitive mechanisms like transactive memory systems, and
behavioral phenomena like routines all require team members to interact for some
time. Second, team members vary in their perception and handling of time. Some
work very quickly, others extremely slowly. Some can easily multitask, others
have problems focusing on a single task only. In order to coordinate their
activities and cooperate effectively, team members need to align their
perception of rhythm and change. Third, a team's context creates temporal
demands. Clients impose deadlines, competing teams want to be faster than each
other, and recurring cycles in the environment (e.g., conference deadlines,
semester breaks, or economic ups and downs) all shape team processes. Fourth,
what happens before and after stable team phases affects team functioning.
Former tasks and members shape current team processes. The same can be said for
upcoming changes in team composition and future tasks.
The TACIT Small Group Meeting aims to promote the study of time and change in
teams in several regards. It will bring together participants from two areas.
First, we invite contributions dealing with change over time in teams. Such
research – both theoretical and empirical – would involve conceptual models of
processes unfolding over time, and empirical studies of such processes. Second,
we invite methodological contributions that illustrate how time can be included
in research designs. During the meeting, we would also like to offer a workshop
where participants have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience on
incorporating time as a variable in statistical analysis.
Submissions to this SGM could cover, but are not restricted to, these example
||Team member time perceptions and time management
||Team development (e.g., team learning)
||Change of team processes and/or performance over time
||Teams under time pressure
||Changes in team composition
||Methods and designs accounting for time
Submissions can cover studies of time at different levels (individual, team,
organization) and at different scales: micro-level (encompassing intervals of
minutes or hours) and macro-level (encompassing intervals of weeks or months).
Furthermore, time can be input or output variable.
In summary, we aim to bring together team researchers and students from
different fields in order to exchange views and experiences on time and change
processes. We hope for a fruitful exchange of paradigms, approaches, and methods
for capturing time and change in teams. This meeting will help participants to
better understand the functioning of teams and to help making teams be more
Nature of the Conference
The Small Group Meeting is a workshop over three days with approximately 20
paper presentations and plenty of time for discussions. There is no registration
fee. Costs for meals during the day will be covered by the EAWOP.
Department of Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
Economic, Organizational, and Social Psychology (Chair: Prof. Dr. Lioba Werth)
Chemnitz is situated in the heart of Saxony in the Southeast of Germany and more
than 800 years old. The changing times are most vividly reflected in the city's
architecture: industrial monuments, redeveloped Gründerzeit residential quarters,
or the city center, which has been completely modified since reunification. The
most famous architectural monument is the 7.1 meters high Karl- Marx-bust made
in 1971. Chemnitz is easy to reach by train, plane (via the airport Dresden),
and car. For more information about the city, visit:
For information about Chemnitz, Hotels, Bars, and Restaurants, please click
Participants can learn more about the analysis
of longitudinal data from teams in a three-hour workshop. A newly developed
intra-subject approach to analyze longitudinal team data will be introduced.
This approach differs from conventional inter-subjects longitudinal
approaches (e.g. repeated-measures MANOVA, latent growth modeling) in terms
of the underlying assumption and analysis logic. The application of other
techniques (e.g. time series analysis) in longitudinal team research will
also be discussed briefly. Jia Li will teach the workshop. She is a lecturer
in the Organization and Strategy department, School of Business and
Economics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Participation costs €
Submission of Abstracts
Paper abstracts (up to 500 words) should be submitted by October 30, 2010
Participants will be notified about the acceptance of their paper by
November 15, 2010. Full papers should be submitted by January 15, 2011 so
that they can be made available to all participants before the meeting.