View by Day

Monday, 17 February, 2020

15:00 | Applied Micro Research Seminar

Prof. Florian Englmaier (LMU Münich, Germany) “A Field Experiment on Leadership and Team Performance in Non-Routine Analytical Team Tasks”

Prof. Florian Englmaier

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Münich, Germany


Authors: Florian Englmaier, Stefan Grimm, Dominik Grothe, David Schindler, and Simeon Schudy

Abstract: Leadership has been considered a promising tool to improve team performance in complex tasks, but leaders and leadership styles are chosen endogenously in many team work environments. To uncover the causal effect of such endogenous leadership choices, we conduct a field experiment with more than 280 teams (1250 individuals) performing a complex non-routine task. We randomly encourage teams to decide on a leader and find that teams in treatment are significantly more likely to finish the task, and finish the task also more quickly. Leadership appears to influences team organization but does not reduce teams’ willingness to “explore” original solutions.