Interactive Team Cognition
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 255–285, March 2013
How to Cite
Cooke, N. J., Gorman, J. C., Myers, C. W. and Duran, J. L. (2013), Interactive Team Cognition. Cognitive Science, 37: 255–285. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12009
- Issue published online: 4 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2012
- Received 7 August 2010; received in revised form 12 December 2011; accepted 14 March 2012
- Team cognition;
- Shared cognition;
- Dynamical systems
Cognition in work teams has been predominantly understood and explained in terms of shared cognition with a focus on the similarity of static knowledge structures across individual team members. Inspired by the current zeitgeist in cognitive science, as well as by empirical data and pragmatic concerns, we offer an alternative theory of team cognition. Interactive Team Cognition (ITC) theory posits that (1) team cognition is an activity, not a property or a product; (2) team cognition should be measured and studied at the team level; and (3) team cognition is inextricably tied to context. There are implications of ITC for theory building, modeling, measurement, and applications that make teams more effective performers.