The effectiveness of teamwork training on teamwork behaviors and team performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled interventions

Desmond Mcewan, Geralyn R. Ruissen, Mark A. Eys, Bruno D. Zumbo, Mark R. Beauchamp

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The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-Analysis of teamwork interventions that were carried out with the purpose of improving teamwork and team performance, using controlled experimental designs. A literature search returned 16,849 unique articles. The meta-Analysis was ultimately conducted on 51 articles, comprising 72 (k) unique interventions, 194 effect sizes, and 8439 participants, using a random effects model. Positive and significant medium-sized effects were found for teamwork interventions on both teamwork and team performance. Moderator analyses were also conducted, which generally revealed positive and significant effects with respect to several sample, intervention, and measurement characteristics. Implications for effective teamwork interventions as well as considerations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0169604
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2017


  • Teamwork
  • Team performance
  • Team building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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