Team formation with complementary skills


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Buyukboyaci M. İ. , Robbett A.

JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, cilt.28, ss.713-733, 2019 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 28 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/jems.12296
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.713-733

Özet

One explanation for the prevalence of self-managed work teams is that they enable workers with complementary skills to specialize in the tasks they do best, a benefit that may be enhanced if workers can sort themselves into teams. To assess this explanation, we design a real-effort experiment to study the endogenous formation of teams, and its effect on productivity, when specialization either is or is not feasible. We find a strong positive interaction between endogenous team formation and the ability to specialize, indicating that endogenous team formation is a particularly effective mechanism for promoting team output in production environments that enable the exploitation of skill complementarities.