Title

Exploring perceptions of "foreignness" in virtual teams: The impact on member satisfaction and turnover intention

Date of this Version

11-11-2009

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only.

Garrison, G., Harvey, M., & Moeller, M. (2009). Exploring perceptions of "foreignness" in virtual teams: The impact on member satisfaction and turnover intention. Paper presented at the 2009 Meeting of the Southern Management Association (SMA). Asheville, NC, United States.

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Abstract

This paper uses status inconsistency theory to identify factors related to satisfaction with the composition of virtual teams to predict turnover intentions. The paradox that increasing diversity maximizes the creation and use of organizational knowledge while increasing dissatisfaction and turnover is a critical issue in the formation/management of virtual teams. We therefore examine how perceptions of differences among members (i.e., their ‘liability of foreignness’) impact the stability of team membership. Findings from both studies indicate that perceptions of foreignness have a detrimental effect on satisfaction with one’s team members while satisfaction is likely to decrease turnover intention.

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