Collective Virtuosity in Organizations: A Study of Peak Performance in an Orchestra

26 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2007

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Mark Marotto

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Johan Roos

Stockholm School of Economics

Bart Victor

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to build theory on peak performance at the group level. Peak performance transcends ordinary performance and is associated with a subjective experience in which one loses a sense of time and space as well as feels great joy and bliss. We chose to study this phenomenon at the group level through a methodology of participant observation in an orchestra. We found that groups can be transformed by their own performance in a reflexive process in which virtuosity, or individual peak performance, becomes collective. We offer a propositional model of collective virtuosity in organizations, and offer directions for further research.

Suggested Citation

Marotto, Mark and Roos, Johan and Victor, Bart, Collective Virtuosity in Organizations: A Study of Peak Performance in an Orchestra. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 44, No. 3, pp. 388-413, May 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00682.x

Mark Marotto (Contact Author)

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Johan Roos

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

PO Box 6501
Stockholm, 11383
Sweden

Bart Victor

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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