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Why Are We in a Team? Effects of Teamwork and How to Enhance Team Effectiveness
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
2017 (English)In: An Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology: An International Perspective, third edition / [ed] Nik Chmiel, Franco Fraccaroli, Magnus Sverke, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, 3, 212-232 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many organizations have structured their work around teams, and most people have an experience of teamwork where they have felt the joy of accomplishing things together, learning from others, and getting good and rewarding results. There are many reasons for why people work in teams, including managerial beliefs that teamwork can be beneficial to organizational effectiveness. We start this chapter by describing positive outcomes of teamwork for the individual, the team and the organization. In a second step, we define teams and distinguish them from other groupings. It is not always that teams are effective. How can effects of teamwork be explained and thus be enhanced? In the following sections, we first outline a model of effective teamwork and then go deeper into aspects and processes that research has shown to be important for team effectiveness. We finish with an overview of the main findings and discuss how contextual and situational aspects impact team processes, and how factors on individual, team and organizational levels interact.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, 3. 212-232 p.
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team, team effectiveness, team learning
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143328ISBN: 978-1-119-16802-7 (print)ISBN: 978-1-119-16803-4 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143328DiVA: diva2:1098184
Available from: 2017-05-23 Created: 2017-05-23 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved

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