Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73482
Authors: 
Cooper, David J.
Sutter, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers in Economics and Statistics 2011-14
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
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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