There is light and there is darkness: On the temporal dynamics of cohesion, coordination, and performance in business teams Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2019

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 17


  • 847


  • 10

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1664-1078


  • This study examines teams as complex adaptive systems (tCAS) and uses latent growth curve modeling to test team cohesion as an initial condition conducive to team performance over time and the mediational effect of team coordination on this relationship. After analyzing 158 teams enrolled in a business game simulation over five consecutive weeks, we found that change in team coordination was best described by a continuous linear change model, while change in team performance was best described by a continuous nonlinear change model; and the mediation latent growth curve model revealed a negative indirect effect of team cohesion on the level of change
    in team performance over time, through the level of change in team coordination. This study contributes to the science of teams by combining the notions of initial conditions with co-evolving team dynamics, hence creating a more refined temporal approach to understanding team functioning.


  • Business
  • Economics
  • Psychology


  • complex adaptive systems; latent growth curve models; team cohesion; team coordination; team performance