Killer Apps: Developing Novel Applications That Enhance Team Coordination, Communication, and Effectiveness

Claudia Buengeler, Florian Klonek, Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock*, Louis Philippe Morency, Ronald Poppe

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    As part of the Lorentz workshop, “Interdisciplinary Insights into Group and Team Dynamics,” held in Leiden, Netherlands, this article describes how Geeks and Groupies (computer and social scientists) may benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration toward the development of killer apps in team contexts that are meaningful and challenging for both. First, we discuss interaction processes during team meetings as a research topic for both Groupies and Geeks. Second, we highlight teamwork in health care settings as an interdisciplinary research challenge. Third, we discuss how an automated solution for optimal team design could benefit team effectiveness and feed into team-based interventions. Fourth, we discuss team collaboration in massive open online courses as a challenge for both Geeks and Groupies. We argue for the necessary integration of social and computational research insights and approaches. In the hope of inspiring future interdisciplinary collaborations, we develop criteria for evaluating killer apps—including the four proposed here—and discuss future research challenges and opportunities that potentially derive from these developments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)591-620
    Number of pages30
    JournalSmall Group Research
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


    • group interactions
    • interdisciplinary collaboration
    • meetings
    • MOOCs
    • surgical teams
    • team design
    • technology


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