Academic journal article E - Journal of Social & Behavioural Research in Business

Editorial Volume 5 Issue 2, 2014

Academic journal article E - Journal of Social & Behavioural Research in Business

Editorial Volume 5 Issue 2, 2014

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This Issue of the journal presents three papers that take diverse perspectives into social and behavioural research. These papers contribute to the pursuit of rigour, robust debate and integrity that the journal aspires to meet.

The first paper "Whom do We Trust More with Our Money: The Banker or the Chimney Sweep? (How Perceptions of Wealth, Social Class and Hard Work Interrelates)" (Neymotin & Tucci, 2014) investigates the extent to which trustworthiness is conditional upon varying levels of income and social class. The data for this study was obtained by survey undergraduate students of Nova Southeastern University in the USA. Responses to the various individual questions ranged from 223 to 243. The key issues found to be linked to trustworthiness were wealth and the extent to which the individual perceived the person giving advice as hard working.

The second paper "Group Efficacy Perceptions and Task Performance" (Whiteoak, 2014) explores the relationship between group efficacy and performance patterns of small groups. A case study design was used to investigate the six research hypotheses. Quantitative data were gathered to screen and classify the study participants and to assess group performance and group efficacy. Qualitative data were also gathered in the form of performance attributions from transcripts of videotape recordings. Results indicate that the connection between group efficacy perceptions and group performance is not a simplex relationship and is influenced by the history of a group's success and failures. …

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