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Intellectual capital and performance in temporary teams

Maurizio Massaro (Department of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy)
Francesca Dal Mas (Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Nick Bontis (DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)
Bill Gerrard (Department of Management Division, Leeds University, Leeds, UK)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 13 November 2019

Issue publication date: 10 February 2020




The purpose of this paper is to deepen resource-based view theory by analyzing how intellectual capital (IC) affects performance in temporary teams and by showing the moderating role of integrative mechanisms.


The research context focuses on 153 national teams of football (NTF), also referred to as national soccer teams, as an example of temporary groups. A partial least squares (PLS) methodology was utilized on a data set built from and FIFA world rankings. Three main hypotheses were developed and tested using first a PLS and then an OLS approach.


The results show how IC contributes to performance, extending the findings of previous studies to the context of temporary teams. Additionally, the results show how some integrative mechanisms such as assembly decisions and team leader experience influence temporary team performance by creating an interaction effect with existing IC.


This study contributes to IC theories for three reasons. First, it applies IC research to a specific research context: temporary teams, where specific organizational capabilities are required to coordinate resources. Second, the study analyzes the role of integrative mechanisms as moderators of the relationship between IC and performance in temporary teams. Third, the study focuses on NTF as an example of temporary teams.



Massaro, M., Mas, F.D., Bontis, N. and Gerrard, B. (2020), "Intellectual capital and performance in temporary teams", Management Decision, Vol. 58 No. 3, pp. 410-427.



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