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Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Distributed Team Cognition

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CRC Press


In contemporary organizations, many if not most teams work on cognitive or information processing tasks (Hinsz, Tindale, & Vollrath, 1997). The past 50 years of research has taught us much about how information is accessed, created, attended to, and processed as groups attempt to complete various tasks. However, many of the information processing effects that have been observed are at least somewhat task specific, yet little research has focused specifically on tasks and how their information processing requirements differ. In this chapter, we discuss how task differences can impact how groups use and process information and how different information distribution patterns across member might impact performance. In addition, we address how constraints on the amount and type of interactions among the team members will affect performance in different task domains. We hope our discussion will demonstrate the importance of task differences for understanding team information processing and point out areas where greater research focus is needed.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Distributed Team Cognition on September 29, 2020, available online:

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