The purpose of this paper is to analyze how team management affects team‐learning activities.
The authors empirically study 68 teams as they operate in the natural business context of a major Spanish bank. Quantitative research utilizing multiple regression analyses is used to test hypotheses.
The leadership behaviour (consideration, initiation of structure) displayed by the team leader plays a key role in facilitating team learning. Team leader behaviour characterised by consideration and in particular by initiation of structure are both positively related to team‐learning activities. Cross‐training of team members also contributes to team‐learning behaviour.
A specific setting may limit the generalizability of findings. Further research may accordingly investigate to what extent these results can be generalized to other settings or other aspects of team learning.
The leadership style adopted by the team leader, as well as cross‐training of members, affect team‐learning activities. These results link leadership theory to collective learning in teams and organizations, and suggest ways leaders can contribute to improved learning.
The study provides new insight into how management of teams facilitates team‐learning activities. While consideration is somewhat related to team learning, initiation of structure as well as cross‐training appear as key variables.
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