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Reputational concerns as a general determinant of group functioning

  • Nadira S. Faber (a1) (a2) (a3), Julian Savulescu (a2) (a3) and Paul A. M. Van Lange (a4)


To understand a group's (dys)functionality, we propose focusing on its members' concerns for their reputation. The examples of prosocial behavior and information exchange in decision-making groups illustrate that empirical evidence directly or indirectly suggests that reputational concerns play a central role in groups. We argue that our conceptualization fulfills criteria for a good theory: enhancing understanding, abstraction, testability, and applicability.



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