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Roles and ranks: The importance of hierarchy for group functioning

  • Julian J. Zlatev (a1), Nir Halevy (a1) and Larissa Z. Tiedens (a1)

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Baumeister et al. propose that role differentiation is critical for group functioning. We propose that effective groups require rank differentiation in addition to role differentiation. We suggest that rank differentiation supports division of labor by incentivizing group members, satisfying fundamental human needs, and organizing and integrating the contributions of differentiated group members.

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