Two Field Experiments on Self-Selection, Collaboration Intensity, and Team Performance

38 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020

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Mira Fischer

University of Cologne - Department of Business Administration and Human Resource Management

Rainer Michael Rilke

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

B. Burcin Yurtoglu

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Abstract

We analyze how the team formation process influences the ability composition and performance of teams, showing how self-selection and random assignment affect team performance for different tasks in two natural field experiments. We identify the collaboration intensity of the task as the key driver of the effect of self-selection on team performance. We find that when the task requires low collaborative efforts, the team performance of self-selected teams is significantly inferior to that of randomly assigned teams. When the task involves more collaborative efforts, self-selected teams tend to outperform randomly assigned teams. We observe assortative matching in self-selected teams, with subjects more likely to match with those of similar ability and the same gender.

Keywords: team performance, self-selection, field experiment, education

JEL Classification: I21, M54, C93

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Mira and Rilke, Rainer Michael and Yurtoglu, B. Burcin, Two Field Experiments on Self-Selection, Collaboration Intensity, and Team Performance. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13201, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3590900

Mira Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Cologne - Department of Business Administration and Human Resource Management ( email )

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Rainer Michael Rilke

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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B. Burcin Yurtoglu

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