Endogenous role assignment and team performance

Cooper, David J. and Sutter, Matthias (2018) Endogenous role assignment and team performance. International Economic Review, 59 (3). pp. 1547-1569. ISSN 1468-2354

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    We study how the mechanism used for assigning roles within teams affects team performance. Subjects play the takeover game in buyer-seller teams. Understanding optimal play is demanding for buyers and trivial for sellers, so teams should perform better if the buyer is the abler teammate. When teammates are allowed to jointly choose their roles, abler teammates tend to become buyers, but this is more than offset by disruptions to the learning process. We examine two potential sources for the latter effect, and find that endogenous role assignment has a negative psychological and emotional effect on buyers.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: c91,c92,role assignment in teams,team performance,takeover game,communication,experiment,organizational economics
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 10:30
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 13:14
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/67254
    DOI: 10.1111/iere.12313

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