Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Goran Kuljanin, PhD
Alice Stuhlmacher, PhD
This paper examines how the strategic core of interactive teams can be identified and examined using interactive process data. The IOP literature suggests that certain key members contribute more to team outcomes than others (Barker, 1993; Sparrowe et al., 2001). Key members of a team comprise a “strategic core,” encountering more job-relevant tasks and problems, thereby contributing more to team performance (Barker, 1993). This research used manually coded passing data from 1,309 games of the 2016-2017 National Basketball Association (NBA) season and player statistics reported by the NBA to examine the structure of the strategic core of basketball teams based on social network metrics, player positions and player and team performance statistics (NBA Media Ventures, LLC, 2020). Social Network Analysis (SNA) metrics and Profile Analysis were used to examine whether (and how) the core structure varied among performance episodes for the same team and between teams across the season. Lastly, this research examined how the qualities of core players were impacted by team strategy (broader team interactions).
Gleason, Morgan Elizabeth, "Identifying the Strategic Core of Interactive Teams" (2021). College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations. 379.