Teams in a new era: Some considerations and implications

Lauren Benishek, Elizabeth H. Lazzara

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Abstract

Teams have been a ubiquitous structure for conducting work and business for most of human history. However, today's organizations are markedly different than those of previous generations. The explosion of innovative ideas and novel technologies mandate changes in job descriptions, roles, responsibilities, and how employees interact and collaborate. These advances have heralded a new era for teams and teamwork in which previous teams research and practice may not be fully appropriate for meeting current requirements and demands. In this article, we describe how teams have been historically defined, unpacking five important characteristics of teams, including membership, interdependence, shared goals, dynamics, and an organizationally bounded context, and relating how these characteristics have been addressed in the past and how they are changing in the present. We then articulate the implications these changes have on how we study teams moving forward by offering specific research questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1006
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume10
Issue numberMAY
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Team context
  • Team dynamics
  • Team goals
  • Team interdependence
  • Team membership
  • Team performance
  • Teams and groups
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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