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Cooperative Team Networks

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Technical Report,25 Apr 2014,24 Apr 2015

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Northwestern University Evanston Campus Evanston United States

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Understanding social processes that lead to wise decision making and peak performance is critical for predicting, evaluating and building successful teams. Over the past 50 years there have been many conceptual developments in understanding teams. A team is formally defined as an intact social system, complete with boundaries, interdependence for some shared purpose, and differentiated member roles. Teams are organized, either by design or by natural evolution, into structured relationships that are governed by interactions that involve power, influence, and varying degrees of cooperation, control, flexibility and adaptability. Team networks enable groups of people to build knowledge, reach consensus, achieve breakthroughs, and generally perform complex problem solving that would not be attainable through either individual efforts or a sequence of additive contributions. A critical question in army commands is how to improve the performance of teams and of multi-team systems teams that work together to carry out missions.

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