The centrality of teams in the organisational learning process

Murray, Peter and Moses, Maree (2005) The centrality of teams in the organisational learning process. Management Decision, 43 (9). pp. 1186-1202. ISSN 0025-1747


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a greater understanding of the role of team learning by examining the link between team centrality and organisational learning.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper is a conceptual paper that examines a range of literature related to team learning. It is the first paper in a series of three. The final paper examines the propositions developed in this and a subsequent paper by exploring team learning in over 30 large companies across a range of industries. Team processes are all but defined by pre-existing organisational processes. At one extreme, they are directive and driven. At another, they are dynamic and fluid and underlie a degree of self-managed activity. Team processes accordingly are potentially dynamic or rather basic depending on the level of structured or unstructured activity. The paper suggests that potentially dynamic teams are those that display superior learning routines that are embodied within each team's processes. This paper contends that team learning is a centrally located variable within organisational learning processes.

Findings – To date, team characteristics, team building, and team structures have been the focus of much research, but team learning routines have been underplayed in the team's literature. Teams are central in the organisational learning process.

Practical implications – This paper establishes the theoretical underpinning for a final paper that will make significant recommendations. There are practical implications, however, of various links across the themes, particularly the centrality of the team in the learning process.

Originality/value – This paper is a highly valuable due to very little research being completed to date on this topic.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour (Up to 31 Mar 2007)
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 21:14
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 04:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning; team working; workplace training
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350711 Organisational planning and management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management
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