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Working in teams: the influence of rhetoric-from sensemaking to sadness

Parris, Melissa Anne and Vickers, Margaret H. 2004, Working in teams: the influence of rhetoric-from sensemaking to sadness, in Management in a world of diversity and change: SAM/IFSAM VIIth world congress 2004, Scandinavian Academy of Management and International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, Goteborg, Sweden, pp. 3-12.

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Title Working in teams: the influence of rhetoric-from sensemaking to sadness
Author(s) Parris, Melissa Anne
Vickers, Margaret H.
Conference name Scandinavian Academy of Management and International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management World Congress (7th: 2004: Goteborg, Sweden)
Conference location Goteborg, Sweden
Conference dates 5-7 July 2004
Title of proceedings Management in a world of diversity and change: SAM/IFSAM VIIth world congress 2004
Editor(s) Jonsson, Sten
Publication date 2004
Start page 3
End page 12
Publisher Scandinavian Academy of Management and International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management
Place of publication Goteborg, Sweden
Keyword(s) emotions
rhetoric
teams
Summary The prevailing wisdom tells us that teams axiomatically bring increases and improvements in effectiveness, productivity and communication. There has been too little critical address of whether these benefits actually accrue, nor what the experience of team members actually is. This paper shares findings from a Heideggerian phenomenological study, where members of teams in organizations were interviewed and asked about their experiences of working in teams. Astonishingly, not only did team members not report these anticipated improvements, their stories tended to highlight the negative influence that the rhetoric surrounding teams might have on individuals. This paper shares the responses of team members to that rhetoric, revealing themes of "Teams, Rhetoric and Sensemaking", a challenge to the notion of "Teams as One Big Happy Family?", and "Teams as Crucibles of Resignation and Sadness". These findings indicate the need for future research into understanding the experience of individuals within various team and organizational structures.
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Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2004, SAM/IFSAM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006201

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