Team performance in a creative task

Last registered on April 19, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Team performance in a creative task
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005127
Initial registration date
February 05, 2020
Last updated
April 19, 2021, 4:13 PM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Paderborn University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Paderborn University
PI Affiliation
Paderborn University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2019-12-10
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
There is common ground to believe in a difference in productivity when people are working together depending on the consistency and the composition of teams with respect to their personal characteristics. The way teams are built and kept together is key to a successful organization. In this trial, we focus on creative tasks. Personal characteristics of people in these task settings are displayed to a varying extent and the influence of character traits and team consistency is arguably different. We focus on both effects in our evaluation of the trial and consider time perspectives as an influential character trait. The trial consists of a two-person task of 4 minutes executed two times with a little break. In the treatment group, subject teams are randomly changed after 4 minutes, while in the control group teams are kept together for the overall 8 minutes. The creative task requires the teams to recreate given terms with given items.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Auer, Thorsten, Julia Amelie Hoppe and Kirsten Thommes. 2021. "Team performance in a creative task." AEA RCT Registry. April 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5127-1.3
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-12-10
Intervention End Date
2021-10-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Quantity of the recreated terms by the teams. Quality of the recreated terms independently rated. Originality in the creative task evaluated by the used pieces compared among all teams to recreate the terms.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The trial consists of a two-person task of 4 minutes executed two times with a little break. In the treatment group, teams are randomly changed after 4 minutes, while in the control group, teams are kept together for the overall 8 minutes. The creative task requires the teams to recreate terms with given items.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Subjects are randomly assigned to teams by drawing cards.
Randomization Unit
Team level randomization for the treatment and individual level randomization of team composition.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
0
Sample size: planned number of observations
160 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
80 teams of two subjects
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Ethics committee of Paderborn University
IRB Approval Date
2019-11-29
IRB Approval Number
N/A