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Cross-boundary collaboration and team innovation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology. Fritz Change AB, Stocksund.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The individual employees’ possibility to learn at the workplace is an important aspect of a humane work situation (Kohn & Schooler, 1982), and individual learning is a prerequisite for collective learning that result in meaningful change and development within organizations. Lean production System (LPS) has been widely implemented in organizations in different sectors all over the world (Wittrock, 2015). A review of how LPS affect employees shows mainly negative impact of LPS on health, well-being, work-related attitudes, as well as learning, creativity and proactivity (Hasle, Bojesen, Langaa Jensen, & Bramming, 2012). Some studies show also positive outcomes, but little is known about how LPS is implemented when it results in efficiency, learning and positive work conditions (Cullinane, Bosak, Flood, & Demerouti, 2012). LPS principles (short work flows, focus on value-stream, standardization, and routinization) limit autonomy and complexity, and are opposed to a job design that supports individual-, and team learning (see e.g. Lantz, Sjöberg & Friedrich, 2016). Yet LPS should be an effective means for innovation processes through teamwork, and cooperation across functions and teams (Netland,2013).

The results presented in this paper are based on two studies, part of a larger longitudinal project on teamwork on the shop-floor within LPS in manufacturing industry. Lantz, Sjöberg, and Friedrich (2016) showed in a previous study that additional work tasks carried out on spare time, such as maintenance work, handling deviations, and eliminating non-value-added activities, impact team proactivity through team learning, Main tasks (90% of the work-time) do not. A conclusion was that teamwork within LPS can be a pillar for innovation, and enhance learning, if additional tasks are identified and carried out. How can such proactive behavior be supported? Within the production all tasks that go beyond the production when it runs well, involve other functions. We regard cooperation across borders with other functions and teams as a potential source of inspiration to transform the teams’ understanding of work.

In this paper our aim is to investigate the role of cross-boundary collaboration (CBC) for team learning and proactivity, and identify hindrances and prerequisites for such collaboration. In the first study we test a model of how CBC impact team proactivity through team learning. In the second study we investigate qualitative differences between how close-to the-production specialists describe their CBC with stagnant teams (1 SD below mean on team proactivity in study 1) and proactive teams (1 SD above mean in study 1), and how managers support and engage in CBC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 1-28 p.
Keyword [en]
collaboration, team innovation
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146734OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146734DiVA: diva2:1139400
Conference
International Workshop on Teams. University of Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway, September 7-8, 2017.
Available from: 2017-09-07 Created: 2017-09-07 Last updated: 2017-09-07

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