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Identity matters to individuals: Group assessment cannot be reduced to collective performance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2016

Catherine Belzung
Brain & Imaging (INSERM – UMR 930), Université François Rabelais de Tours, F-37200
Etienne Billette de Villemeur
Lille Economie et Management (CNRS – UMR 9221) & Université de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex,
Anouk Grevin
Laboratoire d'Economie et Management de Nantes-Atlantique, Université de Nantes, IEMN-IAE, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3,
Gennaro Iorio
Department of Political, Social and Communication Sciences, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy.


Although we agree that both identification and differentiation play a key role in explaining individual behaviour in groups, we suggest that (1) cohesion and differentiation should be better articulated, (2) the proposal carries implicit value choices that are not necessarily universal, and (3) the success of a group in shaping individual behaviour should refer to the values of individual members.

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