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Managerial Insights into the Effects of Interactions on Replacing Members of a Team


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  • Daniel Solow

    (Department of Operations, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106)

  • George Vairaktarakis

    (Department of Operations, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106)

  • Sandy Kristin Piderit

    (Department of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106)

  • Ming-chi Tsai

    (Department of Management Science, Chinese Military Academy, Taiwan, 830, R.O.C.)

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    A mathematical model is presented for studying the effects of interactions among team members on the process of replacing members of a team in an organization. The model provides the ability to control the number of members that interact with each individual on the team. Through the use of analysis and computer simulations, it is shown how the amount of interaction affects the tradeoff between the expected performance and the number of replacements and interviews needed to find a good team using various replacement policies. New managerial insights into this process---such as the fact that it is not necessarily optimal to replace the worst-performing team member---are provided.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 1060-1073

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:48:y:2002:i:8:p:1060-1073

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    Keywords: team replacement; team building; NK model; complex systems;


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    Cited by:
    1. Martin G. Kocher & Ganna Pogrebna & Matthias Sutter, . "The Determinants of Managerial Decisions Under Risk," Working Papers 2008-04, Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck.


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