How important is team structure to team performance?

Singh, Vishal, Dong, Andy and Gero, John S. 2011, How important is team structure to team performance?, in ICED 2011 : Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design, [The conference], [Copenhagen, Denmark], pp. 1-10.

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Title How important is team structure to team performance?
Author(s) Singh, Vishal
Dong, Andy
Gero, John S.
Conference name Engineering Design. Conference (18th : 2011 : Copenhagen, Denmark)
Conference location Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference dates 15-18 Aug. 2011
Title of proceedings ICED 2011 : Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design : Impacting Society Through Engineering Design
Editor(s) Culley, S. J.
Hicks, B. J.
McAloone, T. C.
Howard, T. J.
Badke-Schaub, P.
Publication date 2011
Conference series International Conference on Engineering Design
Start page 1
End page 10
Publisher [The conference]
Place of publication [Copenhagen, Denmark]
Keyword(s) team structure
team performance
team mental models
social learning
member retention
Summary This paper discusses the effects of team structure on the performance of design teams. Three types of team structures are differentiated on the basis of the functional and social groups that result from task dependencies and interaction opportunities. The reported findings are based upon results from simulation-based studies using a computational model. Differences across the team structures are investigated through a series of simulations in which the team membership and the workload busyness of the team members are independent variables, and the team performance and formation of team mental models are the dependent variables. Team performance is measured in terms of the ability of the team members to coordinate the set of tasks the team needs to perform. Findings suggest that, in general, flat teams facilitate formation of team mental models, while functional teams are best for efficient task coordination.
ISBN 9781904670322
Language eng
Field of Research 120399 Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified
089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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