A configural theory of team processes: Accounting for the structure of taskwork and teamwork

Eean R. Crawford, Jeffery LePine

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Abstract

Theories of team processes have focused on content and temporal relevance, while largely ignoring implications of structure. We apply social network concepts to propose theory that articulates structural configurations of taskwork and teamwork processes in terms of closure, centralization, and subgrouping. Our theory challenges the conventional view that increases in team processes are inherently and uniformly beneficial and explains how structural configurations involve trade-offs that must be acknowledged in our research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-48
Number of pages17
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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