Charles A. Funk, Northeastern Illinois University, and Brian W. Kulik, Hawaii Pacific University, published “Happily Ever After: Toward a Theory of Late Stage Group Performance” on November 11th, 2011 in Group & Organization Management’s OnlineFirst collection.To view other OnlineFirst articles, please click here.
This article develops a theory of late stage group performance based on the late stage group’s unique characteristics: a long shared history, an indefinite endpoint, a long member entry/exit history, and a long “parent” organization relationship. These characteristics are markedly different from those of earlier stage groups, suggesting that extant literature’s limited “maintenance” or “cyclical” prescriptions are insufficient for effective late stage group management. Six propositions are developed to model the relationship between late stage group characteristics and performance. Managerial implications are also discussed and a late stage group research agenda is proposed.
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