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Self‐Managing Teams, Quality of Work Life, and Productivity: A Field Study

Dean Elmuti (Eastern Illinois University)
Yunus Kathawala (Eastern Illinois University)

American Journal of Business

ISSN: 1935-5181

Article publication date: 22 April 1997



The impact of participation in a self‐managed teams program on employee quality of work life attitudes, and on productivity and quality was studied among employees in a manufacturing firm located in the mid‐western United States. Employee productivity and quality changes were measured by collecting and analyzing actual organizational data, for a thirty‐six month period. The attitudinal results indicate that self‐managed teams improved participants’ quality of work life. The performance results document a positive and substantial impact of self‐managed teams program on employee productivity, efficiency and quality. However, implementation of self‐managing teams is a complex task that requires time and commitment of resources to reap potential rewards.



Elmuti, D. and Kathawala, Y. (1997), "Self‐Managing Teams, Quality of Work Life, and Productivity: A Field Study", American Journal of Business, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 19-26.




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