Team Cognitive Ability as a Predictor of Team Performance
Wright, Patrick M.; McMahan, Gary C.; Smart, Dennis; McCormick, Blaine
This manuscript presents two studies of the relationship between team cognitive ability (average Scholastic Aptitude Test score of team members) and team performance (a subjective coach's evaluation and an objective measure using Sagarin's Power Rankings) among NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball teams. Study 1 was conducted following the 1991-92 season whereas Study 2 was conducted during the 1993-94 season. Both studies indicated that team cognitive ability was significantly related to the coach's evaluation but not to the power ranking measure, and that team strategy moderated the relationship between cognitive ability and the coach's evaluation of performance. Cognitive ability moderated the relationship between team strategy and power ranking, but the nature of the interaction was different across the two studies.
firm; organization; HR; team cognitive ability; team; ability; cognitive; performance; coach; evaluation