These days, more and more work is happening in teams. However, it’s often difficult to see who on the team did what. So how do we allocate blame when a team project goes wrong?
Research from Benjamin Jones, a professor of strategy at Kellogg, and Brian Uzzi, a professor of management and organizations, finds that we often point the finger at the wrong individuals. What’s more, the people who are left holding the bag are often not the same people who get the credit when things go right. “That double standard should make us question how we give credit and how we give blame,” says Uzzi.
So how can leaders guard against this bias?
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