Familiarity, Complexity, and Team Performance in Geographically Distributed Software Development

  title={Familiarity, Complexity, and Team Performance in Geographically Distributed Software Development},
  author={J. Espinosa and S. Slaughter and R. Kraut and James D. Herbsleb},
  journal={Organ. Sci.},
  • J. Espinosa, S. Slaughter, +1 author James D. Herbsleb
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • Organ. Sci.
  • While prior research has found that familiarity is beneficial to team performance, it is not clear whether different kinds of familiarity are more or less beneficial when the work has different types of complexity. In this paper, we theorize how task and team familiarity interact with task and team coordination complexity to influence team performance. We posit that task familiarity is more beneficial with more complex tasks (i.e., tasks that are larger or with more complex structures) and that… CONTINUE READING
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