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Effective self‐regulating teams: a generative psychological approach

Lynne J. Millward (Department of Psychology, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
Adrian Banks (Department of Psychology, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
Kiriaki Riga (Department of Psychology, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 9 March 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe and defend a generative model for understanding effective self‐regulating teams from a distinctively psychological perspective that has implications for both research and practice.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper complements Hackman's work on the critical conditions for effecting “self‐regulated” teamwork with an understanding of team psychology, as the basis for evolving a propositional model of effective teamwork.

Findings

Assuming various structural pre‐requisites, it is proposed that effective teamwork is generated by a social self‐identification process, upon which there are “emergent states” across affective (commitment, cohesion), motivational (drive to secure and maintain positive self‐esteem), cognitive (shared cognition) and behavioural (intra‐team and inter‐team processes) dimensions.

Research limitations/implications

Considerations for further testing, conceptual and methodological refinement, are highlighted.

Practical implications

The model affords clear pragmatic implications for leveraging more effective teamwork in organizational contexts.

Originality/value

The propositional model in the paper integrates and builds on previous thinking into a more generative understanding of effective team work (i.e. what makes teamwork possible and how can this be sustained) that takes into account the importance of context in accounting for team success.

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Citation

Millward, L.J., Banks, A. and Riga, K. (2010), "Effective self‐regulating teams: a generative psychological approach", Team Performance Management, Vol. 16 No. 1/2, pp. 50-73. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527591011028924

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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