Thursday, February 22, 2007

Cooperators: Positive Economic Impact on their Teams

This came out a couple of years ago and I just found it again tonight. Several things going on here that interest me: it seems to mesh with, or at least not contradict game theory and it validates what I have seen happen on project teams when at least one person decides to influence toward cooperation. My favorite sound byte from this WebMD writeup:
Group outcomes can be remarkably predicted, say the researchers, if one knows its type of composition.
Even one person can make a big difference, say the researchers.
"For example, three reciprocators when grouped with a cooperator can expect to earn about 40% more than when they are grouped with a free-rider," write the researchers.

Full text of the survey conducted by Kurzban and Houser from the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

t's such a great site. fanciful, quite interesting!!!