If i Had Something to Add, i Would: Meeting Topic Competences and Participation

Isaac A. Lindquist, Emily E. Adams, Joseph A. Allen

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Most employees participate in workplace meetings, and their experiences in meetings can vary greatly, which can lead to positive or negative effects on both job attitudes and behavior. In this study, we examined the effect that ameeting attendee s competence in themeeting topic had on their participation in the meeting and their perception of meeting effectiveness. Results indicated those with higher levels of competence in the meeting topic were more likely to participate and through participation found their meeting more effective; this relationship was stronger when employee dissent in the meetings was high. Leaders should ensure that those who are present in a meeting are competent in the topic of the meeting and encourage them to participate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-96
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Personnel Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • meeting effectiveness
  • meeting participation
  • meeting science
  • self-efficacy
  • voice and silence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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