Identifying teamwork behaviours through computer simulation

Project Plan

The aim of this study is to investigate how teams and leaders work effectively together in a computer-based team simulation. The full purpose and hypotheses of the study cannot be revealed prior to participating in the study as this will bias the data. However, a detailed debriefing will be provided at the completion of the study.

Dr Ramon Rico Munoz and his team from the UWA Business School, in conjunction with research teams at the University of Maastricht and Texas Christian University, are conducting research on teamwork and leadership for the United States Army Research Institute. Recruitment for this study is also being carried out across campus and the wider community through the use of flyers,, and UWA Business School SONA.

Your Support

Participants will complete a brief questionnaire at home, after which they will be assigned a role in the team game. If chosen to be the leader of the team, the participant will be notified by email and asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the start time of the experiment for leadership training.

All four participants will then play a team fire-fighting computer game, and complete questionnaires throughout the experiment. Participants will be video recorded while playing the game so that the full range of team processes can be captured.

Participants must be over 18 years of age. Informed consent is required from all participants before taking part in the experiment. This form will be completed in-person at the beginning of the experiment. A copy of the consent form for viewing only can be found here.

You will be compensated for your time with $30 cash. By participating in our research, you will be contributing to the United States Army’s objective to improve its capability to train and develop teams and leaders that can work together effectively. The results of this study will be used to identify crucial skills and behaviours within effective teams, and will assist in developing training programs for leaders and their teams in the United States Army.


Thank you for agreeing to participate in our research; your support is greatly appreciated.

Click the button to send us an email and get involved. Once confirmed, you will receive an email from the team with more information.