Title

Preparing students for success in team work environments: The importance of building confidence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2002

Department

Management

Abstract

Teams are increasingly becoming prevalent in modern organizations. As a result, managers must learn to accommodate employees working in a team environment. Considering management students as the talent pool of future managers, it is important to prepare them to be successful in team management. This study suggests that individual-level variables are important in understanding how students react in classroom team situations. Self-efficacy, the self-belief in one's ability to perform a specific task, is a valid predictor of performance and can be helpful in understanding how students work in a team environment. The current study reveals that overall team performance moderates the relationship between self-efficacy of working in teams and the outcome variables, individual satisfaction and individual performance. Self-efficacy significantly predicted individual performance and individual satisfaction in low-performing teams, but not in high-performing teams.