What are the attributes of effective teams?
This study grouped ~700 people into teams of 2-5 and have them problems to solve.
The problems were varied in focus/needs (logical analysis, brainstorming, coordination, planning)
The smartest teams had three characteristics
1. Members contributed equally, no 1 or 2 people dominated
2. Members scored higher on tests involving reading emotional states from eyes
3. More women. Teams with more women performed better.
Then researchers ran the same study, but with *online* collaboration tools like Skype and email.
Could groups that worked online demonstrate collective intelligence?
"…the most important ingredients for a smart team remained constant regardless of its mode of interaction: members who communicated a lot, participated equally and possessed good emotion-reading skills."
(Ok, not a surprise.)