The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 13: Team Design Characteristics

Team Design Characteristics

Team Design Characteristics
Greg L. Stewart Kameron M. Carter

Introduction

Research at the team level of analysis has exploded over the past two decades. This development coincides with practice, as teams rather than individuals are increasingly touted as the fundamental building block of work organizations (Mathieu, Tannenbaum, Donsbach, & Alliger, 2014). Teams occur everywhere from the executive suite to the production line, and in all industries ranging from automobile manufacturing to healthcare. However, teams are not all equally productive, nor do their members experience equal levels of job satisfaction. The way that teams are organized, or designed, is one overarching feature that has been identified as a source of differences in both productivity and satisfaction. ...

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