Team formation with complementary skills

One explanation for the prevalence of self-managed work teams is that they enable workers with complementary skills to specialize in the tasks they do best, a benefit that may be enhanced if workers can sort themselves into teams. To assess this explanation, we design a real-effort experiment to study the endogenous formation of teams, and its effect on productivity, when specialization either is or is not feasible. We find a strong positive interaction between endogenous team formation and the ability to specialize, indicating that endogenous team formation is a particularly effective mechanism for promoting team output in production environments that enable the exploitation of skill complementarities.

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M. İ. Büyükboyacı Hanay and A. Robbett, “Team formation with complementary skills,” JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 713–733, 2019, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: