Multiple Team Membership: A Theoretical Model of its Effects on Productivity and Learning for Individuals and Teams
Michael Boyer O'Leary
Georgetown University - Department of Management
INSEAD - Organisational Behaviour
Anita Williams Woolley
Carnegie Mellon University
January 5, 2011
Academy of Management Review, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 461-478
Organizations use multiple team membership to enhance individual and team productivity and learning, but this structure creates competing pressures on attention and information, which make it difficult to increase both productivity and learning. Our model describes how the number and variety of multiple team memberships drive different mechanisms, yielding distinct effects. We show how carefully balancing the number and variety can enhance both productivity and learning.
Keywords: muliple team membership
Date posted: September 16, 2009 ; Last revised: June 11, 2012
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