Self-Directed Work Teams- Annotated Bibliography

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Judy Miller
Professor Ashraf Esmail
Sociology of the Workplace
June 27, 2012
Self-Directed Work Teams: Annotated Bibliography
Cartmell, K. (2000). Self-Directed work teams in a health care environment. Home Health Care manager Prac, 12(6), 38-40. This article defines what a self-directed work teams are. It gives an overview of what qualities make a good team and the qualities that make an employee a good team member. Empowerment is based on trust, open communication, and shared decision making. Through education and empowerment the teams become powerful decision makers for recruitment, interviewing, performance measures, and team-based budgets. Benefits of self-directed work teams in health care organizations improve quality of care,
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Vertical expansion gives employees more responsibility for planning and controlling activities that require decision making. This gives the employee greater job satisfaction and motivation. The transition time for an organization to create self-managed work teams is 1-2 year.
The article supports the use of self-managed work teams because of increased job satisfaction, improved communication, shorter decision time, and improves employee self-esteem. This author was easy to read and gave good examples of companies that developed work teams.
Langfred, C. (2007). The downside of self-management: A longitudinal study of the effects of conflict on trust, autonomy, and task interdependence in self-managing teams. Academy of Management Journal, 50(4), 885-900.
This article defines self-managed work teams as having characteristics of freedom, and discretion, and the ability to organize its internal work and structure to best accomplish the goals. The author identifies that the flexibility that make a team successful unintentionally adopts a potentially dysfunctional design. The focus is to understand the task conflict and relationship conflict in self- managed teams that cause them to restructure. Task conflict is described as a disagreement among group members about decisions, viewpoints, ideas, and opinions about how to achieve the objective. Relationship conflict is the perception of interpersonal incompatibility and is
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