Queen's University IRC

Research Briefs – August 2013

Queen's University IRC - Research Briefs

   Bringing Practitioner-Focused Research to People Management Practitioners

Aug. 2013   



In This Issue

  1. Building Teams: Exploring Teamwork in Fast-Paced, Dynamic Environments
  2. Reinventing Perspectives on Organizational Change
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Building Teams: Exploring Teamwork in Fast-Paced, Dynamic Environments
Brenda Barker Scott

Teamwork is the way we work in organizations. In our highly dynamic work environments, people are challenged to collaborate, almost daily, in service of efficiency, quality and innovation goals. Often, these challenges require coworkers from different units and with diverse skills, to quickly group and flexibly regroup as projects unfold. Unfortunately, most organizations are not designed for fluid, cross-boundary collaboration. To the contrary, the legacy of the formal hierarchy, with tightly defined job boundaries, serves to thwart, rather than promote teamwork across boundaries.

In this paper, I employ Kellogg, Orlikowski, and Yates's (2006) trading zone analogy as a way to explore teamwork in fast paced, highly dynamic environments. Through their case study of teamwork in an internet marketing firm, we will see that practices promoting cohesion and stability amongst team members, are replaced by practices promoting interactivity and exchange. The lesson is that, as the formal hierarchy is supplanted by more flexible, networked structures, our prescriptions for teamwork must evolve to suit.

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Reinventing Perspectives on Organizational Change
Kathy Cowan Sahadath

Today's business environment is dynamic and highly uncertain. To become and remain successful, organizations must successfully respond to constantly changing conditions. This paper will provide a brief overview of the various perspectives that have guided the field of organization development and change management, with sections that will describe practical application of change management intervention methods for targets of change, and understanding organizational change resistance.

This paper will also introduce the reader to a rich literature review to assist in understanding the breadth of this field, and while there is a great deal known in the area of organizational development and change management, there is a full range of issues still to be addressed. This provides the change practitioner with an overview of the approach and methodology used to identify the relevant literature from the peer-reviewed research literature, as I wanted to integrate the results of this review with an overall assessment of the implications of practical applications.

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2013 Programs

Labour Relations Foundations

Sept. 22- 27, 2013

Building Smart Teams

Sept. 24- 27, 2013

Change Management

Oct. 1-4, 2013

Negotiation Skills

Oct. 20-25, 2013

Talent Management

Oct. 21-22, 2013

Succession Planning

Oct. 23-24, 2013

Managing Unionized Environments
Fort McMurray:

Oct. 28-30, 2013

Organizational Design

Nov. 4-6, 2013

Advanced Human Resources

Nov. 19-21, 2013

Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation

Nov. 19-22, 2013

NEW Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy

Nov. 25-27, 2013

Organization Development Foundations

Nov. 25-28, 2013

Change Management

Dec. 3-6, 2013



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