Discovering collaborators online: Assembling interdisciplinary teams online at an Argentinian University

Diego Gómez-Zará, Silvia Andreoli, Leslie A. Dechurch, Noshir S. Contractor

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Abstract

This study explores how and why scholars find collaborators using team formation systems. Based on theories of teams and human and social capital, we describe how scholars' traits and social networks influence their team formation processes. We conducted a field study in Argentina in which 43 scholars used an online platform and assembled into eight interdisciplinary teams. Our results show that scholars initially tended to invite prior contacts, but, eventually, they assembled cohesive interdisciplinary teams with members they did not know before. We conclude by reflecting on how team formation platforms can enable individuals to expand their social capital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalCuadernos.info
Issue number44
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Human capital
  • Online relationships
  • Platforms
  • Social capital
  • Team assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Library and Information Sciences

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