Competitive Familiarity: Learning to Coordinate by Competing
Strategy & Business Policy
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Speaker: Evan Rawley
Associate Professor - University of Connecticut
Conference Jouy-en-Josas T017
This paper develops and tests a theory of organizational learning, proposing that prior competitive interaction improves coordination amongst teammates. We test the theory using millions of experiments in the formation of eSports teams. The results show that exogenously assigned teams of former competitors are highly effective—the marginal returns to prior competitive interaction are even larger than the returns to prior collaborative interaction. The evidence suggests that teammates learn to coordinate by competing, a finding with implications for organizational design and the management of human capital.