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How, when, and why bad apples spoil the barrel: negative group members and dysfunctional groups.

Felps W, Mitchell TR, Byington E. How, when, and why bad apples spoil the barrel: negative group members and dysfunctional groups. Res Org Behavior. 2006;27:175-222. doi:10.1016/s0191-3085(06)27005-9.

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July 1, 2006
Felps W, Mitchell TR, Byington E. Res Org Behavior. 2006;27:175-222.
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Team-based care is a widely used model in healthcare. As such, teamwork is essential to patient safety. This paper describes how one "bad apple" negatively affects the entire group by exhibiting one or more of these behaviors: withholding of effort, being affectively negative, and violating important interpersonal norms. Early organizational intervention to remove or remediate the "bad apple" member can ameliorate their negative impact. 

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Felps W, Mitchell TR, Byington E. How, when, and why bad apples spoil the barrel: negative group members and dysfunctional groups. Res Org Behavior. 2006;27:175-222. doi:10.1016/s0191-3085(06)27005-9.

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