Team Situation Awareness: A Review of Definitions and Conceptual Models

  • Manrong She
  • Zhizhong LiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10275)


Situation awareness (SA) has been a hot topic in the area of human factors and ergonomics. The SA in collaborative socio-technical systems, which is called team situation awareness (TSA), also draws increasing attentions. TSA is considered as a critical influencing factor in task performance. Like SA and many other psychological constructs, TSA receives numerous controversies in its definitions, conceptual models, theoretical underpinnings, etc. Based on a careful review of literature, this paper provides a summary and comparison of different TSA definitions, conceptual models and theoretical underpinnings. Several relevant but confusing terms are distinguished. The major controversies on TSA, including the critiques and responses, are also reviewed. The review is expected to help readers to have a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of TSA.


Team Situation awareness Definition Conceptual model Controversy 



This study was supported by the Open Funding Project of National Key Laboratory of Human Factors Engineering (Grant No. HF2012-K-02) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71371104).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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