TitleThe Composition and Formation of Effective Teams. Computer Science meets Psychology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAndrejczuk E, Berger R, Sierra C, Rodríguez-Aguilar JA, Marín-Puchades V
JournalThe Knowledge Engineering Review
PublisherCambridge University Press
Keywordsteam composition; team formation; organisational psychology; multi-agent systems

Nowadays the composition and formation of effective teams is highly important for both companies to assure their competitiveness and for a wide range of emerging applications exploiting multiagent collaboration (e.g. crowdsourcing, human-agent collaborations). The aim of this article is to provide an integrative perspective on team composition, team formation and their relationship with team performance.
Thus, we review the contributions in both the computer science literature and the organisational psychology literature dealing with these topics. Our purpose is twofold. First, we aim at identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the contributions made by these two diverse bodies of research. Second, we aim at identifying cross-fertilisation opportunities that help both disciplines benefit from one another. Given the volume of existing literature, our review is not intended to be exhaustive. Instead, we have preferred to focus on the most significant contributions in both fields together with recent contributions that break new ground to spur innovative research.