UCL Department of Economics


CReAM Seminar - Florian Englmaier (LMU Munich)

22 April 2024, 4:00 pm–5:15 pm

Drayton House

Florian Englmaier (LMU Munich) will present at this seminar.

Event Information

Open to



Hyejin Ku

Location: Hong Kong Alumni Room, Bentham House

Title: The Value of Leadership: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment  

Abstract: Companies increasingly make use of team-based organizational structures in complex non-routine tasks. To foster performance in these settings, scholars and practitioners alike have emphasized the potential of leadership. However, its value is difficult to identify in agile and cross-functional teams since leadership is often determined endogenously. To measure the causal impact of leadership, this study randomly encourages teams in a large-scale field experiment to select a leader who consistently motivates or consistently coordinates their team. Both encouragements substantially improve team performance and systematically alter team organization, without reducing the originality of solutions. We provide further data to describe patterns of team interaction in response to variations in leadership.