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Identifying factors for succesful self-managing teams : an evidence-based literature review

Vregelaar, R.M. ten (2017) Identifying factors for succesful self-managing teams : an evidence-based literature review.

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Abstract:The use of self-managing teams in organizations has been growing steadily ever since the first articles in the 1950’s and 60’s appeared on the subject. The use of self-managing teams has advantages such as bringing more flexibility, increased Quality of Work life, less absenteeism and employee turnover, increased job satisfaction, and organizational commitment. Why then, with data on self-managing teams growing steadily, are there no comprehensive frameworks available for successful self-managing teams? We conducted an evidence-based integrative literature review of peer-reviewed articles published in journals on the Journal Quality List. The articles concerned self-managing teams and team effectiveness. The research resulted in 56 articles for empirical analysis. Through this literature review, we aimed to build a comprehensive framework for success of self-managing teams. Therefore, we addressed the question: What are factors for successful self-managing teams? We used the framework of Cohen, Ledford Jr, and Spreitzer (1996) as foundation for our analysis. The results show that the factors contributing to successful self-managing teams, together, to a different extent, are known to enhance managerial ratings of performance, employee ratings of performance, Quality of Work Life, and withdrawal behaviours. Based on this analysis we drew theoretical and practical implications.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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