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Models of teamwork: ideal or not?: A critical study of theoretical team models
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6358-3528
Sahlgrenska akademin, Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9463-7341
Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola.
2012 (English)In: Team Performance Management, ISSN 1352-7592, Vol. 18, no 5/6, 328-340 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - There is a tendency in team research to employ concepts of stepwise models, reachingfrom the primitive to the excellent, to suggest that a higher level of evolution is better than the basic and simple. This tendency includes typologies of teams. This article aims to question the relevance of this view.

Design/methodology/approach - Data were collected in three steps. In the first step, articles and books analyzing teams and teamwork from stepwise analytical models were collected. In the second step the collected data were classified into different themes. Each stepwise model was classified into one essential denomination. This classification resulted in eight themes. In the third step each theme was analyzed, which led to the fusion of some of the themes.

Findings - The conclusion is that a synchronous, complementary or mature team is not necessarily optimal. Contrary to this, a differentiated, sequential or multi team approach can be optimal for some purposes. Team research needs to establish a more open, inductive and critical attitude than at present.

Originality/value - The paper highlights the need to observe and use team theories in a balanced and critical way.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 5/6, 328-340 p.
Keyword [en]
Team, Team working, Team models, Stepwise models, Theoretical models, Critical study, Modelling
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Business Administration Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Public administration; ENGINEERING, Industrial engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4546DOI: 10.1108/13527591211251096Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84865138812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4546DiVA: diva2:545272
Available from: 2012-08-19 Created: 2012-08-19 Last updated: 2015-12-22Bibliographically approved

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