Activating the Benefit of Diversity Through Team Role Clarity and Implicit Coordination

Shuai Chen, Jialin Cheng, Weiliang Wang, Da Teng

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Over the last several decades, studies on the relationship between task knowledge diversity and team performance have yielded mixed findings. Extending past studies, we propose that the impact of task knowledge diversity on team performance is dependent on the level of team role clarity and implicit coordination. This study, based on two-wave time-lagged data from 62 teams comprising 336 individuals, provided support for the proposed model and
showed that team role clarity and implicit coordination moderate the relationship between task knowledge diversity and team performance. Overall, task knowledge diversity has a positive effect on team performance when either team role clarity or implicit coordination is high, and this effect is even stronger when both are high.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalSmall Group Research
Early online date3 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2020


Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province (Grant No. LY19G020005) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71502162).


  • implicit coordination
  • task knowledge diversity
  • team performance
  • team role clarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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