Group Work and Cognitive Style: A Discursive Investigation

Priola, V; Smith, J. L. and Armstron, S.J. (2004). Group Work and Cognitive Style: A Discursive Investigation. Small Group Research, 35(5) pp. 565–595.



This article investigates the relationship between work-group members’ cognitive style (as measured by Allinson and Hayes’s Cognitive Style Index), the group’s task and setting, and the way in which group members behave in the group. Behavior of a homogeneous analytic, a homogeneous intuitive, and a heterogeneous group was observed in a mechanistic setting and analyzed using discourse analysis. This study is discussed in light of a previous study in which homogeneous analytic and homogeneous intuitive groups worked in an organic setting. These two studies use different methodologies (quantitative approach versus qualitative discursive). The benefits of methodological eclecticism are discussed.

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