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The importance of shared cognitions of team member expertise when building a high-performing team

Nathan Byrne (Department of Management, Siena College, Loudonville, New York, USA)
Erik Eddy (Department of Management, Siena College, Loudonville, New York, USA)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Organizations are increasingly using team-based work structures to solve complex challenges and issues. Such teams require team members to have shared cognitions – a shared, accurate and complimentary understanding of team processes – to enhance team performance. The purpose of the current research is to explore the impact of shared cognitions on team processes and team performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The current research focused on shared cognitions of teammate knowledge and expertise while working in a team environment. Using an experimental design with 20 teams collaborating on six problem-solving questions, the authors test hypotheses pertaining to the relationship between shared cognitions about team member expertise and team processes and team performance.

Findings

Analysis of variance finds that teams with a greater level of shared cognitions of team member expertise have enhanced team process and greater team performance than teams without shared cognitions.

Originality/value

Recommendations are made for future research and practice based on such findings. The authors discuss ways in which the findings of this study can contribute to greater team process and performance in schools, organizations and athletic teams, noting the additional ability to apply such findings in virtual settings.

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Citation

Byrne, N. and Eddy, E. (2022), "The importance of shared cognitions of team member expertise when building a high-performing team", Team Performance Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-06-2022-0048

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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