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Thomas Grund at ETHZ GUESS Behavioral Science Colloquium, October 29, 2019

Thomas Grund, University College Dublin will present his paper on Team Stability vs.  Human Capital Injection: Successful Passing in the English Premier League at the ETHZ GUESS Behavioral Science Colloquium.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - Behavioral Science Colloquium ETHZ GUESS

Room: HG E 33.3, Time: 13.15 - 14.45


Managers often face the trade-off between team stability and human quality injection when composing teams. On the one side, keeping teams stable reaps the benefits of shared experiences. Individuals get to know each other and improve how they work as a team, which translates into better interaction and team performance. On the other side, replacing team members allows human capital injection, but undermines gains made by previous interactions. This article investigates this trade-off in the context of the English Premier League (EPL) with data on career histories, individual quality and passes between players in 760 soccer matches. Bringing a human capital perspective into the literature on team stability, I demonstrate how the effect of shared experience on dyadic interaction is moderated by individual quality. Shared experience translates more into successful passing in pairs of players with differential quality. In contrast, shared experience translates less into successful passing in pairs of players with similar quality.


About the author:

Thomas Grund is Associate Professor and Head of Teaching and Learning at the School of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. and was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Sociology at University of Zurich, and Simon Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. Before going to Ireland he was Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at the Institute for Analytical Sociology at Linköping University, Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute for Futures Studies and Stockholm University and post-doctoral fellow at ETH Zurich and  Université de Montréal. He studied computer science and sociology at the University of Trier (Diplom), University of Cambridge (MPhil) and the University of Oxford (DPhil).