Measuring team knowledge: A window to the cognitive underpinnings of team performance

Nancy Cooke, Eduardo Salas, Preston A. Kiekel, Renée Stout, Clint Bowers, Janis Cannon-Bowers

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The authors report an effort aimed at developing and evaluating measures of taskwork and teamwork team knowledge for teams in which members differ in knowledge backgrounds. These measures were used in a study with 36 teams to explore the cognitive underpinnings of team performance variations due to cross-training regime. The authors demonstrate that these measures are valid and provide team performance information that complements outcome and behavioral measures. Teams exposed to full cross-training acquired more taskwork and teamwork knowledge than control teams or teams exposed to a conceptual version of cross-training. Measures of team knowledge provide information regarding team task performance critical for system design and training programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-199
Number of pages21
JournalGroup Dynamics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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