When timeliness matters: The effect of status on reactions to perceived time delay within distributed collaboration

Oliver J. Sheldon, Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt, Chad A. Proell

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This research examines the interactive effects of status and perceived time delay on acceptance of partner knowledge contributions within a distributive collaboration work environment. Results across 2 studies suggest that within distributed collaboration, time delays attributed to low-status partners had a significantly more harmful effect on influence acceptance than time delay attributed to high-status partners. This was so, despite the fact that partners' actual behavior was held constant across experimental conditions. In addition, results indicate that judgments of partner competence significantly mediated the interactive effects of perceived time delay and partner status on acceptance of partner influence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1395
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


  • Delay
  • Distributed work
  • Expectancy violation
  • Knowledge valuation
  • Status

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