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What are the key research questions in this study? Summarize the key findings in this paper.


Assignment Overview

Please read the following research paper (available in School’s e-library):

Turel, O., and Zhang, J. (2010) Does virtual team composition matter? Trait and problem-solving configuration effects on team performance. Behaviour & Information Technology, 29 (14), 363–375.

Case Assignment

Based on the above information, write a paper, addressing the following issues:

  1. What are the key research questions in this study? Summarize the key findings in this paper.

  2. Describe the measures used, their level (interval, ratio, ordinal, etc.), and the their descriptive statics (of central tendency and spread).

  3. Why does the “standard performance” have a mean of zero? A standard deviation of one?

  4. Were the provided descriptive statics appropriate for the types data? Why?

  5. What was a key issue the authors faced in their analysis? Why is it an issue? And how did they deal with it?

Please organize your paper in a scholarly way. Add section titles when necessary. Explain your logic and when appropriate, use external sources with proper citations. Conclude your report with a paragraph or so evaluating the entire exercise in terms of what you have learned and your reflections on the topic.

The paper is usually between 5 and 12 pages long. ( 6 PAGES)

Assignment Expectations

  1. Student is able to understand the key research questions in this paper.

  2. Student is able to identify and interpret descriptive statistics in the paper; as well as issues and solutions related to normality.

  3. Student answers the questions with clarity, depth and critical thinking.

  4. Completeness and coherence: Chain of thought is easy to follow.

  5. Student uses relevant evidence and additional papers/resources to support the propositions.

  6. Paper is clearly written with appropriate format. Reference list is complete. Citation is properly done.


Required Reading

On measures of central tendency:

  1. Dietz, D., Barr, C. D., & Çetinkaya-Rundel, M. (2016). OpenIntro statistics, 3rd ed. (The textbook is available under a Creative Commons license. Visit openintro.org for a free PDF, to download the textbook’s sources, or for more information about the license.) https://www.openintro.org/stat/textbook.php?stat_book=os Chapters 2, 3, and 4.

  2. http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~japhill/ho3s04.pdf

  3. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4HAYd0QnRc

  4. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAekTsenqPI

On the Normal distribution

  1. https://www3.nd.edu/~rwilliam/stats1/x21.pdf

  2. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/understanding-the-statistical-properties-of-the-no.html

  3. http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-find-a-percentile-for-a-normal-distribution.html

Optional Reading


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