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Work Teams: Past, Present and Future / Edition 1

Work Teams: Past, Present and Future / Edition 1

by M.M. BeyerleinM.M. Beyerlein


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This book places current and future work team practices in historical context. Researchers from 10 countries have contributed chapters that represent developments specific to their regions and that illustrate the way ideas spread around the world. Some principles of effective teaming were independently discovered in different countries, and some principles emerged from the work of researchers like Trist, Emery, and Lewin and spread around the world. But all of the practices were driven by the dynamic tension between the psychology of the employee and business necessities. Theories and cases describe autonomous work groups, self-managed work teams, cell teams, and other collaborative work structures. Contributions to the design of such structures came from psychology, management, sociology, industrial engineering, and manufacturing. Because of the challenges inherent in reorganising work around teams instead of individuals, organizations are at different stages in evolving into 21st century work systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792366997
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/30/2000
Series: Social Indicators Research Series , #6
Edition description: 2001
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors. Dedication. Acknowledgements. Preface; M. Beyerlein. Foreword; R. Miles. Section I: Evolving Ideas and Theories. Historic Roots of Team Theory and Practice; G. Porter, M. Beyerlein. Work Teams Research; S. Gully. History of Cell-Based Manufacturing; J. Benders, R. Badham. The Human Relations Myth Unveiled; R. Purser. The Evolution of Open Systems to the 2 Stage Model; M. Emery. Section II: An Appreciative Look at Some Major Thinkers. Kurt Lewin; K. Tedford, D. Baker. Socio-Technical Systems Approach to Work Team Design; L. Eby, et al. Deutsch's Theory of Cooperation and Competition; D. Tjosvold, D. Johnson. Allan Mogensen (1901-1989); M. Mulej. Modern Socio-Technology; J. Benders, et al. Section III: Developing Work Teams Around the World. Work Teams in Australia; J. Cordery. Three Kinds of Autonomy at Work in Norway; J. Gulowsen. Group Fabrication to Self-Designing Work Teams; C. Antoni. Group Work Concepts in Germany; S. Sonnentag, S. Remdisch. The Formation of Work Teams in Russia; Y. Alexandrov, et al. Yugoslav Self-Management; M. Lynn, et al. When the Teams Came Marching Home; E. Blickensderfer, et al. A History of Teams; T. Nilsson. Functions and Emergence of New Work Organizations at Toyota; T. Fujimoto. Section IV: Foundation of 21st Century Teams. Self-Managing Teams in a Crystall Ball; C. Neck, et al. Teams in Organizations; E. Salas, J. Cannon-Bowers. Index.

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