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The link between self-managed work teams and learning organisations using performance indicators

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posted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Power, Dianne Waddell
Both the learning organization literature and the self-managed work team literature have alluded to the potential links between teamwork and learning. However, as yet the link between these two concepts remains undeveloped. This study uses a survey of a random sample of 200 Australian organizations to empirically examine the relationships between self-managed work teams and the learning organization using performance indicators as a medium. It was found that the learning organization concept displays a moderate to strong link with three measures of performance used in this study: knowledge performance, financial performance and customer satisfaction. Although the self-managed work team concept did not display any significant relationship with performance, the qualitative component of the survey did emphasize that there is a common belief that self-managed teams can increase performance in the right setting. While an insignificant relationship between self-managed teams and the learning organization was also found, this study suggests some methodological concerns for future research into the relationship between self-managed teams and the learning organization.

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Journal

Learning organization

Volume

11

Issue

3

Pagination

244 - 259

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Location

Bradford, England

ISSN

0969-6474

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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