Teamworking and knowledge management: a review of converging themes

Sapsed, Jonathan and Bessant, John and Partington, David and Tranfield, David and Young, Malcolm (2002) Teamworking and knowledge management: a review of converging themes. International Journal of Management Reviews, 4 (1). pp. 71-85. ISSN 1468-2370

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2370.00077

Abstract

The teamworking and knowledge management fields are increasingly converging. Teamworking is turned to with a growing disillusion with knowledge management approaches that are seen as excessively ‘hard’, ‘objectified’, or ‘information technology dominated’. This paper is a critical review, the purpose of which is to survey the literature across several fields that provide insights into teamworking aspects of knowledge management, and the reverse. This approach is chosen as disciplines tend to sustain presumptions and preoccupations that may be contradicted by other fields, as is shown. In particular, the review challenges what is referred to as the ‘organizational behaviour textbook theory of teamworking’ and refers to research and theory from several disciplines that qualify what is still an influential orthodoxy. The paper attempts to draw together some principles from current themes such as collective mind, modularity, cross-functional teams and communities of practice.

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Additional Information:The teamworking and knowledge management fields are increasingly converging. Teamworking is turned to with a growing disillusion with knowledge management approaches that are seen as excessively ‘hard’, ‘objectified’, or ‘information technology dominated’. This paper is a critical review, the purpose of which is to survey the literature across several fields that provide insights into teamworking aspects of knowledge management, and the reverse. This approach is chosen as disciplines tend to sustain presumptions and preoccupations that may be contradicted by other fields, as is shown. In particular, the review challenges what is referred to as the ‘organizational behaviour textbook theory of teamworking’ and refers to research and theory from several disciplines that qualify what is still an influential orthodoxy. The paper attempts to draw together some principles from current themes such as collective mind, modularity, cross-functional teams and communities of practice.
Keywords:Teamwork, Knowledge management
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P110 Information Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Business School
ID Code:602
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:27 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:22

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