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Teamworking and performance: The extent and intensity of teamworking in the 1998 UK Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS98)

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Procter


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This article uses the 1998 UK Workplace Employee Relations Survey to address two main issues: whether a relationship between teamworking and performance can be said to exist; and, if it can, how that relationship might be explained. For the first of these we construct a variable that measures the extent of teamworking within an establishment. This is found to be positively and significantly related to productivity and financial performance. To address our second main issue we examine the idea that the key factor in performance is the degree of teams' decision-making autonomy. We look at this by constructing a measure of teamworking intensity. This is found to be positively and significantly associated with productivity and quality levels. Taken alongside other studies, these results are used to suggest that, in looking at the teamworking-performance relationship, the focus of attention should be on the structural properties of teams rather than the individual team members' experiences of work.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Procter S, Burridge M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Human Resource Management

Year: 2008

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 153-168

Print publication date: 01/01/2008

ISSN (print): 0958-5192

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4399

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09585190701764097


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