Teams, Team Motivation, and the Theory of the Firm
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Managerial and Decision Economics
Special Issue: Emergent Nature of Organization, Markets and Wisdom of Crowds
Volume 33, Issue 5-6, pages 369–383, July-September 2012
How to Cite
Foss, N. J. and Lindenberg, S. (2012), Teams, Team Motivation, and the Theory of the Firm. Manage. Decis. Econ., 33: 369–383. doi: 10.1002/mde.2559
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2012
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 sociology and psychology and work on team agency to develop such a grounding and link it to the issues of the existence, boundaries, and success of firms. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.