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Groups, Teams, and the Division of Labor: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Organization of Work

Rosemary Batt and Virginia Doellgast

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299249
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199299249.003.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Groups, Teams, and the Division of Labor: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Organization of Work

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The purpose of this article is to survey and critique this varied landscape of research on groups at work, drawing out common themes and selective weaknesses with the goal of suggesting a more synthetic and informed future agenda. The discussion here is not encyclopedic, but rather focused on three quite different research traditions: those based in psychology, in industrial relations, and in critical sociology. This article outlines the intellectual landscape of each case and highlight areas of agreement and disagreement. It argues that this project of cross-disciplinary theory building encounters substantial challenges, but is rich in potential. These traditions differ in their theoretical assumptions, research questions and methods, and outcomes of interest. Nonetheless, this article suggests that building a more multidisciplinary research agenda is worthwhile and conclude with suggestions for further work in this direction.

Keywords: psychology; industrial relations; critical sociology; cross-disciplinary theory building; multidisciplinary research agenda

Article.  9740 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business Strategy

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