Masters Theses


Argyris' Model II interventions, constructive controversy and team performance: the mediating role of constructive controversy


Vijay Rajappa

Keywords and Phrases

Constructive controversy; Argyris' Model II interventions


"The positive relationship between constructive controversy and group productivity has been established in the literature. However, research on multidisciplinary team training produced curious results that prompted to examine the effects of Argyris' Model II interventions on constructive controversy and productivity. The research based on the analysis of conversations of 369 students in 77 teams. The student teams were involved in solving a business simulation game on chat space. Results from the analysis supported the hypothesis that Teams treated with Model II interventions had higher levels of constructive controversy and significantly outperformed teams without treatment. The analysis also indicates that Constructive controversy mediates the relationship between facilitation and productivity"--Abstract, page iv.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2004

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Differentiated team training in a multidisciplinary engineering project course


© 2004 Vijay Rajappa, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Conflict management -- Case studies
Conflict (Psychology)
Teams in the workplace

Thesis Number

T 8680

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