In the academic year 2015/2016, the 3nd BeNA Innovative Research Award was awarded to Arne Thomas (TU Berlin & ESMT) for his paper “When the Magic’s Gone: How Key Player Absence Affects Team Performance” (joint with Linus Dahlander).
Together with Arne, Malte Preuß (FU Berlin & University of Potsdam) and Mathias Hübener (DIW) were nominated for the award. We are grateful to Prof. Daniel Schnitzlein for his support in determining the award winner. Here is the short report on the paper:
“Given the high incidence of team based work in modern labour markets, the paper covers a very interesting and highly relvant topic in the question how the absence of important team members influence team performance. Based on exceptional detailed data on team composition and both individual and team performance from NBA teams, the authors find an overall negative effect of key player absence on team performance that is even more pronounced in the case, the key player is important in both dimensions defined by the authors, productivity and helpfulness.