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The interaction of control systems and stakeholder networks in shaping the identities of selfmanaged teams.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9183-4355
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Integrated Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6024-7908
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Team identity has received little research attention even though an increasing number of firms are moving to team-based organizations and there is evidence that teams form identities. We explore the extent to which team identity can be institutionalized as a central organizing principle of team-based firms. We argue that managerial and stakeholder interventions shape the self-construction of team identity as well as the team’s commitment to specific work objectives. We also suggest that team identity becomes isomorphic to organizational identity because of pressures related to: 1) the presence of a dense network of managers and stakeholders, which orients teams towards a focus on certain aspects of the higher-order identity; 2) the use of team routines and regular feedback loops, which force alignment with the organizational identity; and 3) the use of coordinating roles aimed at promoting, ratifying, and reinforcing the convergence of identity within the team. We analyze multiple cases from a major multinational corporation in the telecommunications industry, which we examine through the lens of a multi-level model of controls involving the micro, meso, and macro organizational levels. We expand and refine the model in the process.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-193561DiVA: diva2:1017182
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QC 20161005

Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Regulation and Self-Regulation of Team Learning and Innovation Activities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Regulation and Self-Regulation of Team Learning and Innovation Activities
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Self-regulated learning and innovation activities within teams are those processes with which team members collectively activate and sustain cognition, affects and behaviors which are systematically oriented towards the achievement of their team’s goals. Although research on self-managing teams exists, there remains considerable confusion on many issues including what self-regulation is and how regulation of self-regulated learning and innovation activities is carried out. A primary contribution of this dissertation is to introduce a theoretical framework for analysing and applying regulative actions in organizational environment. The aim of this dissertation is to advance the understanding on how regulation of self- managing team learning and innovation activities can happen starting from an analysis of the self-regulative learning processes of individuals within teams and of their own determinants.  This dissertation has  three objectives: 1) to present internal team mechanisms involved in the self-regulation  of teams’ learning activities, their interactive dynamics and their corresponding major organisational determinants; 2) to rely on this novel understanding to detect relevant regulative actions which are able to indirectly influence teams’ self-regulatory learning and innovative behaviour; 3) to offer empirical evidence of how specific regulative actions affect team learning and innovation performance. We discover that there are four major constructs associated with the regulation of teams’ learning and innovation activities: feedback loops and goals equally combining learning and performance items, networks of influence made up of managers and stakeholders interacting with teams through systematic routines, training programmes for team members, dialectical perspective on learning and innovation to force in the managerial layers. 

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 173 p.
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TRITA-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2016:06
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Social Sciences
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Industrial Engineering and Management
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193568 (URN)978-91-7729-133-6 (ISBN)
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2016-10-18, Sal Gladan, Innovationsstudion, Brinellvägen 85, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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QC 20161005

Available from: 2016-10-05 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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