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The I and We of Team Identification: A Multilevel Study of Exhaustion and (In)congruence Among Individuals and Teams in Team Identification

Nina M Junker, Rolf van Dick, Jan A Hausser, Thomas Ellwart, Michael J Zyphur



The social identity approach to stress proposes that the beneficial effects of social identification develop through individual and group processes, but few studies have addressed both levels simultaneously. Using a multilevel person–environment fit framework, we investigate the group-level relationship between team identification (TI) and exhaustion, the individual-level relationship for people within a group, and the cross-level moderation effect to test whether individual-level exhaustion depends on the level of (in)congruence in TI between individuals and their group as a whole. We test our hypotheses in a sample of 525 employees from 82 teams. Multilevel polynomial regression analysis r..

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Awarded by German Research Foundation

Awarded by Swiss National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was partially funded by a grant from the German Research Foundation (HA 6455/4-1 and DI 848/15-1) awarded to the first three authors and by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (13DPD3-124662/1) awarded to the fourth author.