Performance implications of leader briefings and team-interaction training for team adaptation to novel environments

J Appl Psychol. 2000 Dec;85(6):971-86. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.85.6.971.


The authors examined how leader briefings and team-interaction training influence team members' knowledge structures concerning processes related to effective performance in both routine and novel environments. Two-hundred thirty-seven undergraduates from a large mid-Atlantic university formed 79 three-member tank platoon teams and participated in a low-fidelity tank simulation. Team-interaction training, leader briefings, and novelty of performance environment were manipulated. Findings indicated that both leader briefings and team-interaction training affected the development of mental models, which in turn positively influenced team communication processes and team performance. Mental models and communication processes predicted performance more strongly in novel than in routine environments. Implications for the role of team-interaction training, leader briefings, and mental models as mechanisms for team adaptation are discussed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Communication
  • Female
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological
  • Psychology, Industrial*
  • Regression Analysis