Taking Teams Seriosly in the Co-creation of Firms and Economic Agency

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Taking Teams Seriosly in the Co-creation of Firms and Economic Agency

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Title: Taking Teams Seriosly in the Co-creation of Firms and Economic Agency
Author: Hull Kristensen, Peer; Lotz, Maja
Abstract: This paper suggests that it is time to take the agency of teams seriously. Whereas the debate has previously focused on how firms may function more effectively by using team-based work-organization, our aim is to discuss and understand how teams effect the evolutionary dynamic of companies. Fieldwork in four Danish manufacturing companies helped us discover that firms as “communities of teams” are highly dynamic entities with complex layers of different team forms that operate, innovate and improve by constantly recombining work, collaborating across organizational divisions and redistributing authority, thereby challenging some of the existing “idioms” of team research and theories of the firm. The paper builds on these findings as we attempt to rethink research on teams by re-describing the evolutionary dynamics of firms and suggesting some themes that call for comparative research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8205
Date: 2010-11-18

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