Is a Team Different from the Sum of its Parts? Evidence from Mutual Fund Managers
43 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2008 Last revised: 30 Mar 2011
Date Written: February 2009
This paper provides the first empirical test of the diversification of opinion theory and the group shift theory using real business data. Our data set covers management teams and single managers of US equity mutual funds. Our results reject the group shift theory and support the diversification of opinion theory: extreme opinions of single team managers average out and, consequently, teams take less extreme decisions than individuals do. We find that teams follow less extreme investment styles than single managers and that teams are eventually less likely to achieve extreme performance outcomes. These results hold after taking into account the impact of fund characteristics and team characteristics.
Keywords: Mutual Funds, Team Management, Investment Behaviour
JEL Classification: G23, M54
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