Sharing a work team with robots: The negative effect of robot co-workers on in-group identification with the work team

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Abstract

This study investigated whether the introduction of robots as teammates has an impact on in-group identification. We used two samples from the United States (N = 1003, N = 969). Participants were asked to imagine a hypothetical situation in which they were assigned to a work team at a new job. The number of robot teammates was manipulated, and the control group included only humans. Two studies examined perceived in-group identification with variance analysis and individual differences with regression analysis. Having a robot on the work team had a negative impact on in-group identification. The results suggest that when humans are members of minority subgroup within a work team, their subgroup identity is threatened. Identification with a work team including robot members is associated with individual factors such as attitude towards robots, technological expertise, and personality. Our findings indicate that introducing a robot as a teammate may affect in-group identification process negatively with some individual differences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106585
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume115
Early online dateOct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Identification
  • In-group
  • Robot
  • Teammate
  • Work team

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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