Theorizing Teamwork: A Classical Sociological Approach

By Darina Lepadatu.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Previous researchers pointed out that the current literature on teams is in a theoretical impasse (Vallas, 2006). The existing theories of work seem to not be sufficient in explaining the complex nature of teams and the unanticipated consequences associated to current workplace transformation. In order to expand our theoretical understanding of teamwork, this paper offers an original incursion into the sociological roots of the concept of teamwork. Based on the classic works of Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Simmel, the paper shows how the understanding of teamwork can be expanded to incorporate deeper meanings and consequences related to diversity, group dynamics and social interaction in teams. As an area dominated by organizational behavioral and psychological approaches, the study of teamwork would benefit tremendously from a cross-disciplinary approach.

Keywords: Theories of Teamwork, Classical Sociological Theory, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp.85-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 585.233KB).

Dr. Darina Lepadatu

Assistant Professor of Organizational Sociology, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, USA

Dr. Darina Lepadatu is Assistant Professor of Organizational Sociology at Kennesaw State University, a large university located in metropolitan Atlanta, USA. Her research interests involve diversity in the workplace, social aspects of Japanese Management, high performance work systems, temporary workers etc. Past research projects involved the issue of diversity and teamwork in the US auto industry. Her teaching interests include Sociology of Organizations, Work & Occupations, Industrial Sociology, as well as Diversity and Discrimination at Work, Globalization & Work and Sociology of Immigration. She currently serves as a diversity and teamwork consultant for top Japanese auto companies in the US.


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