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Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams by Marshall Scott Poole, Andrea Hollingshead

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CROSSING PARTY LINES

Incorporating Measures of Individual Differences in Groups

Randall S. Peterson

LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

When asked to write a chapter on measuring personality and other individual differences in the context of groups research, I immediately said “yes” because I have been doing it for20 years since I was in graduate school at Berkeley (see Tetlock, Peterson, & Berry, 1993). Then I recalled all of the problems, questions, difficulties, and challenges in publishing individual difference papers that cross the strong party line in our profession between individual and group levels of analysis and thought that perhaps I had agreedtoo quickly. However, I have also always believed that real progress ismade by those who focus on interesting ...

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