Exploring negative group dynamics: Adversarial network, personality, and performance in project groups

Ling Xia*, Y. Connie Yuan, Geri Gay

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Most previous social network studies have focused on the positive aspects of social relationships. In contrast, this research examined how the negative aspects of social networks in work groups can influence individual performance within the group. Accordingly, two studies were conducted to make this assessment. The first study examined the effect of negative relations and frequency of communication on performance among student groups. The second study investigated how the Five Factor Model of personality and position in adversarial networks interacted to influence individuals' performance. Although results of the first study indicated that frequent communication with others could make a person more likeable, consequently helping him or her perform better, the second study showed that those individuals disliked by others were less likely to achieve a good performance rating, despite their conscientiousness, emotional stability, or openness to experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-62
Number of pages31
JournalManagement Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Adversarial network
  • Groups
  • Peer relationships
  • Personality
  • Personhood

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