Recent advances in information communication technologies and web connectivity have created unprecedented opportunities for people to assemble into teams. Because of these new capabilities, the notion of a team is rapidly changing: rather than being stable, bounded entities, contemporary teams are increasingly agile, ad hoc, distributed, and embedded within a larger network of relationships. In this study, I investigate the underlying socio-technical motivations that explain why people choose to team up with others, and explore how we can learn from these factors to improve the effectiveness of team assembly mechanisms.
Collaborators: Noshir Contractor, Leslie DeChurch, Diego Gomez, & Marlon Twyman (Northwestern)
Funding: Northwestern Office of the Provost Digital/Online Projects (PI)