Teams, Team Motivation, and the Theory of the Firm

Nicolai J. Foss, Siegwart Lindenberg

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherInstitut for Strategic Management and Globalization
    Number of pages30
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    SeriesSMG Working Paper


    • Teams
    • The theory of the firm
    • Goal framing theory

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