Cognitive divergence and shared mental models in software development project teams

Laurie L. Levesque, Jeanne M. Wilson, Douglas R. Wholey

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Abstract

This study examined the development of shared mental models in software development teams over time. Contrary to predictions, team members' mental models about the group's work and each other's expertise did not become more similar over time. Structural equation modelling revealed that as role differentiation increased in these teams, it led to a decrease in interaction and a corresponding decline in shared mental models. Implications for research on shared cognition and team development are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume22
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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