Title

Student Perceptions of Social Loafing in Undergraduate Business Classroom Teams

Department/School

Marketing

Date of this version

1-7-2008

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Social loafing, undergraduate classrooms, structural equation modeling

Abstract

There is a rich body of research devoted to the causes and remedies of social loafing in workplace teams. However, the social loafing phenomenon remains underinvestigated from the perspective of students in undergraduate business classroom teams. In particular, how they define and respond to loafing remains unknown. This article reports findings from a two-stage study that shows social loafing as a more complex construct than current conceptions suggest. Moreover, students avoid confronting loafers and prefer to have instructors administer postpriori justice based on their self-report of individual contributions. Based on the findings and recent writings, the article speculates on the causes of these student responses to social loafing in classroom teams.

Published in

Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education

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