Team implicit coordination based on transactive memory systems

Kengo Nawata, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Mika Aoshima

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Purpose: This study aims to examine how daily communication and transactive memory systems (TMSs) promote implicit team coordination, meaning when team members cooperate smoothly without engaging in explicit communication, in organizations. In TMSs, members share knowledge of who-knows-what with one another. Design/methodology/approach: A survey was conducted with 216 teams consisting of 1,545 people in three organizations. The relationships among daily communication, TMSs and implicit coordination in the survey data and in team performance were analyzed using multi-level structural equation modeling. Findings: Results confirmed a significant influence process model in which “daily communication → TMS → implicit coordination → team performance” at the team level. Therefore, as hypothesized, implicit coordination is positively related to team performance and daily communication has a positive relationship with implicit coordination through mediation by TMSs. Originality/value: This study demonstrated the evidence of the relation between implicit coordination, TMS, team performance in organizational settings by using multi-level structural equation modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-390
Number of pages16
JournalTeam Performance Management
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 6 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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