Referring to a combination of social loafing and coordination loss within a group, where coordination loss refers to a lack of simultaneity of effort within a group, interfering with efficient combination of individual inputs, resulting in less gain of productivity for each member added to the group. Named for Max Ringelmann (1861-1931), a French agricultural engineer.

RINGELMANN EFFECT: "The Ringelmann effect was first posited by Max Ringelmann (1861-1931), a French agricultural engineer."
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