Sociology: Team assembly mechanisms determine collaboration network structure and team performance

Roger Guimerà, Brian Uzzi, Jarrett Spiro, Luís A. Nunes Amaral*

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Abstract

Agents in creative enterprises are embedded in networks that inspire, support, and evaluate their work. Here, we investigate how the mechanisms by which creative teams self-assemble determine the structure of these collaboration networks. We propose a model for the self-assembly of creative teams that has its basis in three parameters: team size, the fraction of newcomers in new productions, and the tendency of incumbents to repeat previous collaborations. The model suggests that the emergence of a large connected community of practitioners can be described as a phase transition. We find that team assembly mechanisms determine both the structure of the collaboration network and team performance for teams derived from both artistic and scientific fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-702
Number of pages6
JournalScience
Volume308
Issue number5722
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2005

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