Keeping up appearances: Strategic information exchange by disidentified group members

Abstract

Information exchange is a crucial process in groups, but to date, no one has systematically examined how a group member's relationship with a group can undermine this process. The current research examined whether disidentified group members (i.e., members who have a negative relationship with their group) strategically undermine the group outcome in information exchange. Disidentification has been found to predict negative group-directed behaviour, but at the same time disidentified members run the risk of being punished or excluded from the group when displaying destructive behaviour. In three studies we expected and found that disidentified group members subtly act against the interest of the group by withholding important private information, while at the same time they keep up appearances by sharing important information that is already known by the other group members. These findings stress the importance of taking a group member's relationship with a group into account when considering the process of information exchange.

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175155

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@inproceedings{Vreeze2017KeepingUA, title={Keeping up appearances: Strategic information exchange by disidentified group members}, author={Jort de Vreeze and Christina Matschke}, booktitle={PloS one}, year={2017} }