Article Review: “Leadership team cohesiveness and team performance”

Stashevsky, S., & Koslowsky, M. (2006). Leadership team cohesiveness and team performance. International Journal of Manpower, 27(1), 63-74.

There has been increased recognition of teams as drivers of organizational performance in the recent decades. For instance, on a survey of human resource (HR) practices, Roomkin, Rosen and Dubbs (1998), found out that teamwork was the highest rated priority by HR personnel. Such increasing importance of teams has led to the evaluation of antecedents and predictors of team performance. Stashevsky and Koslowsky (2006) in their journal article, “Leadership team cohesiveness and team performance”, pursue such a purpose.

The article evaluates a critical topic necessary to the understanding of organizational behaviour in many countries, including the United Arab Emirates. Effective teams have been argued to be the way through which organizations create entrepreneurial leaders throughout the organizational structure; a factor argued to lead to innovative practices, thus a source of competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive, global business environment (Cohen, 2004). Stashevsky and Koslowsky (2006) thus study a topic relevant to UAE, which, by the increased attention accorded to the rich oil resources in the region, has various global competitors operating in the country. Entities in the region thus need to evaluate and implement factors that improve their competitive advantage, thus better their performance.

To tackle the topic, the authors expressly state the purpose of the study. The article purposes to examine the interactive effects of leadership, knowledge level, gender and team cohesiveness, as antecedents of team performance (p.63). Further, apart from its evaluation as an antecedent to performance, the article seeks to evaluate gender as a moderating factor of performance. Leading to the statement of the purpose, the article first presents flowing introductory statements that establish the need for evaluating team (group) performance. Following the thesis statement, the paper evaluates various aspects of a team, from its definition to its increasing importance in business organizations, thus reinforcing the relevance of the purpose the article intends to evaluate, to the modern business environment. The introduction provided by the article is thus presented in a clear fashion that allows the reader to follow its arguments into and subsequent to the purpose statement. Go to part 2 here.

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