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taxonomy of the elements likely involved with this construct is warranted.
Implications for Research
This study has set the stage for the continued exploration into the effects of power and
influence. An intriguing follow-up might address variables other than potency that contribute to
the unintentional influence potential and therefore the power of self-managed work teams.
External factors of the team such as manager tenure, manager feedback and organizational
culture as well as other internal team factors such as team composition and cohesion may affect
the potential influencing capabilities of teams. Additionally, assessing teams on each of the six
social bases of power may help to identify the range of effect where teams move from potential
to actual yet unintentional influence.
Implications for Practice
Given the above summary of the findings and despite the fact of the unsupported
hypotheses, a few practical implications are worth noting. First, this research confirmed the
assumption that the more developmentally advanced the team, the stronger the team potency
beliefs. Conversely, team potency perceptions were shown to be lower in less developed teams.
Organizations can use this information to encourage and support lesser-developed teams to boost
confidence levels. Although a natural inclination by managers might be to identify with and
provide resources to a more advanced team, particular attention should be paid to those teams
that are newly forming so that members are provided the tools and support needed if a higher
level of team development is desired.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly, is the notion of alignment between manager and
team. For instance, this study found strong support for the manner in which teams differentiate
from each other. Teams had a realistic grasp on what their beliefs are about themselves compared
to where they are developmentally. In contrast, managers were not able to differentiate between
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Hass, Nicolette P. The power of teams: Do self-managing work teams influence managers' perceptions of potency?, thesis, December 2005; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4961/m1/34/: accessed May 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .