Transactive Goal Dynamics Theory: A relational goals perspective on work teams and leadership

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Transactive Goal Dynamics (TGD) Theory is a multi-level, relational theory of goal pursuit that can be used to understand behavior within organizational teams. The theory describes the nature of goal-related interdependence (called transactive density) within dyads and groups, and predicts when transactive density will have positive versus negative consequences for goal-related outcomes. TGD Theory states that within many close dyads and teams, individuals’ goals, pursuits, and outcomes come to affect each other in a dense network of goal-related interdependence, with the individuals possessing and pursuing goals oriented toward themselves, other members of the system, and the system as a whole. This article discusses novel implications of the theory for the understanding of organizational teams and team leadership, and constraints on relational dynamics within organizational contexts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fitzsimons, GM; Sackett, E; Finkel, EJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 /

Start / End Page

  • 135 - 155

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0191-3085

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.riob.2016.11.006

Citation Source

  • Scopus