Teams : the challenges of cooperative work

Unsworth, Kerrie L. & West, Michael A. (2000) Teams : the challenges of cooperative work. In Chmiel, Nik (Ed.) Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 327-346.


Teamworking is seen by many organizations as an effective strategy for organising work. Eighty-two percent of companies with 100 employees or more reported that they used teams (Gordon, 1992). Of the top flight Fortune 1000 companies, 28% used self-managing teams in 1987; this figure rose to 68% in 1993. What makes teamworking effective? How can people work most successfully in teams? In this chapter we examine research evidence which suggests ways to maximise team effectiveness.

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ID Code: 3024
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Teams, teamworking
ISBN: 9780631206767
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 06 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 15:07

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