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An Approach to Educating Team Work

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Nanda Kishore Veluru, Shun Takai

University of Missouri at Rolla, Rolla, MO

Paper No. DETC2006-99644, pp. 485-493; 9 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4a: 18th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4258-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


When students are working as a team in a project, there is always a temptation to contribute less to the work and yet receive the same credit for the project. This phenomenon is often called free-riding. Free-riding sometimes occurs in a team-project-based design class. Free-riding may interfere with a team working environment and may lead to poor performance of the team. In order to reduce the free-riding problem, the authors used a repeated prisoner’s dilemma game in a pilot experiment to explore if it is possible to educate students the benefit of contributing to their projects. The authors used grades in the payoff matrix of the game to simulate an academic environment.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME
Topics: Teams



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