Small Business Economics

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 33–46

Teams developing business ideas: how member characteristics and conflict affect member-rated team effectiveness


DOI: 10.1007/s11187-009-9176-8

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Foo, MD. Small Bus Econ (2011) 36: 33. doi:10.1007/s11187-009-9176-8


Team researchers have found that the diversity to effectiveness ratings are mediated by team conflict. Using a sample of 73 teams developing their business ideas, I found direct effects of diversity and conflict on member-rated team effectiveness. Here, I explain how the circumstances under which these teams operate can lead to these findings. For these teams, task conflict was found to relate negatively to member-rated team effectiveness. This finding contrasts with research on organizational teams, where task conflict usually relates positively to team effectiveness ratings. I also found that both diversity and average member experience influence member-rated effectiveness. These findings imply that diversity, conflict, and ratings of team effectiveness may differ for teams developing business ideas as compared to organizational teams. Thus, findings from organizational team research should be applied with caution to teams developing business ideas and possibly to new venture teams in general.


Business ideasConflictDiversityRatings of team effectiveness

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA