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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (12): 2214-2223.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02214

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The Emergence of Team Cognition: Based on the Perspective of Collective Information Processing

LV Jie;ZHANG Gang   

  1. (School of management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China)
  • Received:2013-04-09 Online:2013-12-15 Published:2013-12-15
  • Contact: LV Jie


Team cognition is a result of emergence from individual cognition. The emergence of team cognition is determined by the sum of individual-level cognitive properties, together with the interactions between team members. We first elaborated the concept of team cognition, and described three key features of emergence — namely, organization-dependence, the absence of intentional design and multiple realizability — as well as two ideal forms of emergence, including composition and compilation. Then, according to the perspective of collective information processing, the paper built up a model of team cognition emergence that covered four phases of individual knowledge base, the distribution of team knowledge, communication and interaction, and the emergence of team cognition. Finally, as a phenomenon of emergent team cognition, transactive memory system was discussed in order to provide further explanation.

Key words: team cognition, emergence, collective information processing