Feri, Francesco Irlenbusch, Bernd Sutter, Matthias
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics No. 2008-22
University of Innsbruck, Department of Public Finance, Innsbruck
The need for efficient coordination is ubiquitous in organizations and industries. The literature on the determinants of efficient coordination has focused on individual decision-making so far. In reality, however, teams often have to coordinate with other teams. We present an experiment with 825 participants, using six different coordination games, where either individuals or teams interact with each other. We find that teams coordinate much more efficiently than individuals. This finding adds one important cornerstone to the recent literature on the conditions for successful coordination. We explain the differences between individuals and teams using the experience weighted attraction learning model.
coordination games individual decision-making team decision-making experience-weighted attraction learning experiment