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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (8): 1512-1520.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.01512

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Transactive Memory System Theory in Virtual Teams: Status and Future

WANG Lingjian;LIAO Shumei;CHEN Minhua;YANG Danzhou;DAI Gengxin   

  1. (1 School of Information Technology, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330000, China) (2 Sichuan Medcalo Pharmaceutical Company, Chengdu 611731, China) (3 Department of Management Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China)
  • Received:2012-10-10 Online:2013-08-15 Published:2013-08-15
  • Contact: WANG Lingjian

Abstract: Transactive memory system (TMS), a cooperative labor division developed in communication processes among team members, can be simply defined as a shared cognition about "who knows what". A TMS coordinates knowledge and expertise among team members, consequently enhances knowledge integration and sharing. Firstly, this paper reviews the definitions about TMS and virtual teams. Secondly, TMS formation and effectiveness, and the relation with team virtuality are highlighted. Lastly, it is suggested that more future work should be put on team inputs, team outcomes and moderators of team performance, by taking IT adaptation, research methods and context into consideration.

Key words: transactive memory system, virtual team, virtuality, knowledge management, team inputs, team outputs