Metaphor no more: A 15-year review of the team mental model construct

Susan Mohammed, Lori Ferzandi, Katherine Hamilton

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

529 Scopus citations


Representing one type of team cognition, team mental models (TMMs) are organized mental representations of the key elements within a team's relevant environment that are shared across team members. Although introduced amid considerable confusion concerning their nature and potential usefulness, there has been a proliferation of published studies over the past decade that have directly measured TMMs using a variety of methodologies and research designs. Capturing these exciting research developments, the purpose of this review was to inventory what has been accomplished thus far and to offer an agenda for the next wave of research. Specifically, we overview the conceptual underpinnings of TMMs, discuss measurement issues, and review the empirical record related to the outcomes, antecedents, and longitudinal work on TMMs. We conclude by highlighting fruitful opportunities for further research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)876-910
Number of pages35
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


Dive into the research topics of 'Metaphor no more: A 15-year review of the team mental model construct'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this