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Communication, leadership and coordination failure

Dong, Lu; Montero, Maria; Possajennikov, Alex

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Lu Dong



Abstract

We investigate the limits of communication and leadership in avoiding coordination failure in minimum effort games. Our environment is challenging, with low benefits of coordination relative to the effort cost. We consider two leader types: cheap-talk leader-communicators who suggest an effort level, and first-mover leaders who lead by example. Both types of leadership have some ability to increase effort in groups with no history, but are insufficient in groups with a history of low effort. Using the strategy method for followers’ responses, we attribute the persistence of coordination failure to the presence of followers who do not follow the leader.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Journal Theory and Decision
Print ISSN 0040-5833
Electronic ISSN 1573-7187
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Issue 4
APA6 Citation Dong, L., Montero, M., & Possajennikov, A. (2018). Communication, leadership and coordination failure. Theory and Decision, 84(4), https://doi.org/10.1007/s11238-017-9617-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11238-017-9617-9
Keywords Minimum effort game, Coordination failure, Communication, Leadership
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11238-017-9617-9
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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