May 2020

IZA DP No. 13218: Innovation and Communication Media in Virtual Teams – An Experimental Study

Nicola Grözinger, Bernd Irlenbusch, Katharina Laske, Marina Schröder

revised & extended version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 180, 201-218

In a novel real-effort setting, we experimentally study the effects of different communication media on creative performance in a collaborative tasks. We find that creative performance significantly decreases when group members communicate via chat instead of face-to-face. However, we find no significant difference between performances of groups that communicate via video conferences as compared to face-to-face. Thus, we provide evidence that barriers to creativity in virtual teams can be mitigated by real-time video conference communication.