Work Teams

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Work teams are composed of two or more individuals; who exist to perform organizationally relevant tasks; share one or more common goals; interact socially; exhibit interdependencies in task workflows, goals, and/or outcomes; maintain and manage boundaries; and are embedded in a broader organizational context that sets boundaries, constrains the team, and influences exchanges with other units in the organization. Work team effectiveness is enabled by team processes that combine individual efforts into a collective product.


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. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Final version published as: Kozlowski, S. W. J., & Bell, B. S. (2017). Work teams. In J. Stein (Ed.), Reference module in neuroscience and biobehavioral psychology. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.05755-2

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Kozlowski, S. W. J., & Bell, B. S. (2017). Work teams. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site: https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/1293