The working style of virtual R&D team is becoming more and more popular, so lots of researchers concern about the performance of virtual R&D teams. Shared mental model (SMM) is a concept in psychology which is defined as a common thinking style developed by similar experience and individual mental models. In this paper, we consider two types of SMM, which are task-related SMM and member-related SMM, and hope to investigatewhether SMM could influence the performance of R&D virtual teams and the antecedent relationship of SMM using social capital theory. The research results indicate that we could use social capital theory to explain the antecedents of task-related SMM and member-related SMM.Wealso find that task-related SMM and member-related SMM are both positively related to virtual R&Dteam performance. This researchemphasizes the importance of the notice on SMM in virtual team establishment, which should be paid more attentions.
Xiang, Chunjie, "The Role ofSocial Capital and Shared Mental Model inVirtualR&D Teams" (2015). WHICEB 2015 Proceedings. 36.