Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51684
Authors: 
Cooper, David J.
Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5892
Abstract: 
Team success relies on assigning team members to the right tasks. We use controlled experiments to study how roles are assigned within teams and how this affects team performance. Subjects play the takeover game in pairs consisting of a buyer and a seller. Understanding optimal play is very demanding for buyers and trivial for sellers. Teams perform better when roles are assigned endogenously or teammates are allowed to chat about their decisions, but the interaction effect between endogenous role assignment and chat unexpectedly worsens team performance. We argue that ego depletion provides a likely explanation for this surprising result.
Subjects: 
role selection in teams
team performance
takeover game
winner's curse
communication
experiment
JEL: 
C91
C92
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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