autonomous workgroup

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A form of work organization that emerged in the 1960s based on the theory that improvements in performance can be attained if employees are highly motivated and fully involved in the direction and control of their work. The autonomous workgroup organized its own work rota, methods, division of labour, etc., but was accountable for achieving certain production targets—in other words, the group had responsibility and authority for organizing the work, although the overall process was controlled by management through the output and quality targets. In some respects, the autonomous workgroup is a forerunner to the contemporary concept of self-managed team.

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