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Effective self-regulating teams: a generative psychological approach

Millward, LJ, Banks, AP and Riga, K (2010) Effective self-regulating teams: a generative psychological approach Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 16 (1/2). pp. 50-73.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Millward, LJ
Banks, AP
Riga, K
Date : July 2010
DOI : 10.1108/13527591011028924
Copyright Disclaimer : © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2010
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Additional Information : This is an electronic copy of a paper published as Millward LJ, Banks AP, Riga K. (2010). Effective self-regulating teams: a generative psychological approach Team Performance Management: An International Journal 16(1/2):50-73. Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 03 May 2012 16:31
Last Modified : 13 Oct 2017 12:52

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