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Group and team processes in organisations

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kathryn Von TreuerKathryn Von Treuer
During recent decades, organisations have shifted towards team-based structures to enhance organisational performance, and research has shifted to investigate these new work structures. This chapter explores team and group process research in organisations. The initial focus of this chapter is to define groups and teams. Types of teams and team development theory will also be briefly discussed. Several theories of group dynamics will then be presented. The input-process-output framework, which explains the relationships between variables in team research, will provide structure to the ensuing discussion of team-related variables, such as individual and team-level characteristics, team and group processes and team performance. A frequent goal of group and team-based research is to understand how to improve team effectiveness and thus performance. Team performance is therefore included in this framework as an important outcome variable. This framework is then extended and a contemporary way of categorising team-based research in organisations is presented. In addition, the potentially important role of moderating variables in team research will also be discussed.

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Title of book

Organisational psychology research and professional practice

Chapter number

11

Pagination

269 - 295

Publisher

Tilde University Press

Place of publication

Prahran, Vic.

ISBN-13

9780734611246

Language

eng

Publication classification

B2 Book chapter in non-commercially published book

Copyright notice

2013, Tilde University Press

Extent

17

Editor/Contributor(s)

A Sarris, N Kirby

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