Effectively Using Quantitative Indices Of Conative Ability To Guide Teams

Reid Bailey
2002 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
The success of an engineering design project is reliant upon individuals working effectively in teams. Due to this importance, quantitative indices of interpersonal behaviors are frequently used to form teams with a diverse set of qualities. In this paper, the focus is not on forming teams with indices but instead on the effects of informing individuals of their interpersonal behavioral tendencies as characterized by a quantitative metric, the Kolbe A Index. The Kolbe A Index is used to assess
more » ... is used to assess each student's instinctive tendency to use certain approaches in handling a problem (i.e., their conative ability). It is hypothesized that merely knowing ones instinctive tendencies as measured by the Kolbe Index will improve team performance, regardless of team composition. The results indicate that something more than merely knowing ones Kolbe Index, such as stronger coaching and support for use of the index, is needed to improve team performance.
doi:10.18260/1-2--10400 fatcat:qreaecjd5zhyhjdj3hwf2qjdba