Dr. Clair Kueny, assistant professor of psychological science at Missouri S&T, conducted research on how taking initiative within a team may impact whether others trust you as a team member. According to Kueny, resulting attitudes and behaviors of team members who experience an individual’s proactive behavior are possible building blocks that can drive the team’s interdependent success.
Kueny’s own experiences with workgroups inspired her to study interdependent proactive behavior (IPB). For example, she noticed in a health care setting that an employee who was new or not well-liked, and who proactively tried to change processes, was met with negativity from co-workers. In health care, employee behaviors are considered high-risk, Kueny notes, because one member’s actions can substantially affect the wellbeing of patients.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Kueny’s research into interdependent proactive behavior and its effects on teams.
Missouri S&T’s Small Business Development Center provided support by connecting the researchers with industry teams.