Self-Managing Work Teams: Enhancing Organizational Innovativeness

Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 53-66, 2005

14 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2006 Last revised: 12 Mar 2015

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Senthil Kumar Muthusamy

Slippery Rock University - Department of Management and Marketing

Jane V. Wheeler

Bowling Green State University - College of Business Administration

Bret L. Simmons

North Dakota State University - Department of Management, Marketing & Finance

Abstract

In this article, we explore the relationship between self-managed work teams and innovative behaviors demonstrated by such teams from the socio-technical, social learning, and cognitive perspectives. Our specific argument is that self-managed work teams foster greater autonomy, increase communication among team members, and intensify their commitment to the team and the organization, which in turn enhances innovative behaviors in such teams. Propositions that may be of use to both the theoretician and the practitioner are presented.

Keywords: Self-managed teams, innovative behaviors, cognition, commitment

JEL Classification: L1, L00, M00, M1, K

Suggested Citation

Muthusamy, Senthil Kumar and Wheeler, Jane V. and Simmons, Bret L., Self-Managing Work Teams: Enhancing Organizational Innovativeness. Organization Development Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 53-66, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=687892

Senthil Kumar Muthusamy (Contact Author)

Slippery Rock University - Department of Management and Marketing ( email )

Eisenberg Building 105 A
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
United States

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Jane V. Wheeler

Bowling Green State University - College of Business Administration ( email )

Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States
(419) 372-6064 (Phone)
(419) 372-6057 (Fax)

Bret L. Simmons

North Dakota State University - Department of Management, Marketing & Finance ( email )

PO Box 5137
Fargo, ND 58105
United States

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