Teams, Team Motivation, and the Theory of the Firm

31 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2011

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Nicolai J. Foss

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation

Siegwart M. Lindenberg

University of Groningen - Department of Sociology; Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER); Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Date Written: October 31, 2011

Abstract

A concern with teams was central to early attempts to grasp the nature of the firm, but fell out of favor in later work. We encourage a return to the emphasis on teams, but argue that the idea of teams as central to the nature of the firm needs to be grounded in an appreciation of the importance of We frames and group agency. We use converging insights from evolutionary anthropology, cognitive social psychology and work on team agency to develop such a grounding, and link it to the issues of the existence and boundaries of firms.

Keywords: teams, the theory of the firm, goal framing theory

JEL Classification: D23, L25, M1

Suggested Citation

Foss, Nicolai J. and Lindenberg, Siegwart M., Teams, Team Motivation, and the Theory of the Firm (October 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1957566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1957566

Nicolai J. Foss (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Department of Strategy and Innovation ( email )

Kilen
Frederiksberg, 2000
Denmark

Siegwart M. Lindenberg

University of Groningen - Department of Sociology ( email )

Groningen
Netherlands

Tilburg University - Tilburg Institute for Behavioral Economics Research (TIBER) ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences ( email )

Amsterdam, 1000 GC
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