Buying and building success: Perceptions of organizational strategies for improvement.

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From: Journal of Applied Social Psychology(Vol. 51, Issue 5)
Publisher: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 222 words

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Keywords: ability; attributions; bought; built; cohesiveness; effort; sports teams Abstract What makes people like a team? We suggest and test here whether people's perceptions of teams and organizations differ as a function of the strategy the teams pick on their way to success. Two main strategies are compared: (1) Development is a strategy focused on building and enhancing the abilities of current team members; and (2) Acquisition is a strategy focused on buying talent from outside the organization. Does the way to success matter? In other words, will the strategy a team endorse affects how much people like the team? In five studies (N = 1,672) we tested whether people prefer teams that were successful by being (a) built through long-term development of team members or (b) bought by acquiring expensive personal developed elsewhere. Across the five studies, people preferred built teams over bought teams, including sport teams and law firms. Effort and group cohesion were more attributed to build than to bought teams. In a "mediators contest," effort attributions proved most robust. People like built teams more than bought ones, mostly because they value the effort and hard work that built teams represent. Article Note: Mark White is now at YouGov, New York. Funding information Jack Brehm research fund. Byline: Omri Gillath, Christian S. Crandall, Daniel L Wann, Mark H White

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A663086720