Collective intelligence is a measure of a small group’s ability to perform well not only on a single task, but consistently well across multiple tasks. Previous literature studying this construct has mixed findings for both virtual and face-to-face groups. Given the prevalence of remote work and the increase of virtual teamwork, we believe it is important to more fully understand what may contribute to the collective intelligence of virtual teams. In this work-in-progress study, we collect data from teams working virtually on a variety of tasks and measure how the aggregated individual intelligence of group members contributes to the performance of groups. While previous studies have not reported whether such a correlation exists, focusing instead on other contributors to collective intelligence such as group level interactions, our preliminary findings indicate that virtual collective intelligence is influenced by the abilities of individual group members on average.
Barlow, Jordan B., "Collective Intelligence and its Relationship to Collective Individual Intelligence in Virtual Teams" (2023). MWAIS 2023 Proceedings. 1.