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Common incentives for teamwork: the unspoken contract´s significance
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6358-3528
2014 (English)In: Team Performance Management, ISSN 1352-7592, Vol. 20, no 1/2, 65-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - The purpose of this article was to identify and study common incentives for teamwork.

Design/methodology/approach - The study was designed as a case study. The case consists of teamwork at a univer-sity hospital. At the hospital, ten psychiatric teams were studied for a period of four years (2008-2011). Each team was followed for 12–18 months. Data were collected through interviews (n = 48) and observations (n = 52) of the teamwork at treatment conferences.

Findings - The common incentives identified consist of shared responsibility, appreciation and long-sightedness. The incidence of a silent contract is highlighted as an explanation for the team's cohesion.

Research limitations/implications - The study is conducted in a public organisation within one field. The results should therefore be interpreted with some caution.

Practical implications - The study is useful for practitioners to understand the importance of common incentives as a collective driving force. By developing well-adapted common incentives, the practical work can be developed, refined and improved.

Originality/value - The significance of common incentives and the unspoken contract in the team is identified.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 20, no 1/2, 65-80 p.
Keyword [en]
Teamwork, incentives, confidence, health and medical care, unspoken contract, Sweden
National Category
Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Business Administration Public Administration Studies
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Public administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5905DOI: 10.1108/TPM-04-2013-0011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84897049560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5905DiVA: diva2:695066
Available from: 2014-02-10 Created: 2014-02-10 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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