The Influence of Shared-Representation on Shared Mental Models in Virtual Teams

  • Rose Saikayasit
  • Sarah Sharples
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5639)


This paper reports a laboratory experiment investigating the influence and effects of shared-representation facilities on collaboration and shared mental models development in virtual teams. The experiment has two experimental conditions; with or without shared-representation facilities. Participants were asked to work in pairs on a ‘house hunting’ scenario. The results showed no significant difference in the overall performance between the two conditions, however shared mental models development was significantly higher where partners were able to use shared-representation facilities.


shared mental models shared-representation collaboration virtual teams 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose Saikayasit
    • 1
  • Sarah Sharples
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of EngineeringThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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