Development of a German-Language Questionnaire to Measure Collective Orientation as an Individual Attitude

Meldung vom Montag, 26. Juni 2017

Hagemann, V. (2017). Development of a German-Language Questionnaire to Measure Collective Orientation as an Individual Attitude, Swiss Journal of Psychology, 76(3), 91-105. Doi:10.1024/1421-0185/a000198

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Abstract:

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The individual attitudes of every single team member are important for team performance. Studies show that each team member’s collective orientation – that is, propensity to work in a collective manner in team settings – enhances the team’s interdependent teamwork. In the German-speaking countries, there was previously no instrument to measure collective orientation. So, I developed and validated a German-language instrument to measure collective orientation. In three studies (N = 1028), I tested the validity of the instrument in terms of its internal structure and relationships with other variables. The results confirm the reliability and validity of the instrument. The instrument also predicts team performance in terms of interdependent teamwork. I discuss differences in established individual variables in team research and the role of collective orientation in teams. In future research, the instrument can be applied to diagnose teamwork deficiencies and evaluate interventions for developing team members’ collective orientation.