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From Teams to Knots


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1. Teams and the transformation of work; 2. Disturbance management and masking in a television production team; 3. Teamwork between adversaries: coordination, cooperation, and communication in a court trial; 4. Displacement and innovation in primary care medical teams; 5. Crossing boundaries in teacher teams; 6. Knowledge creation in industrial work teams; 7. Teams, infrastructures, and social capital; 8. From iron cages to webs on the wind; 9. Knotworking and agency in fluid organizational fields.

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By means of in-depth case studies, this book analyzes the development of work teams as work itself changes.

About the Author

Yrjo Engestrom earned his Ph.D. from the University of Helsinki in 1987. He is a professor of adult education and Director of the Center for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research at University of Helsinki. He is Professor Emeritus of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, where he also served as Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition from 1990 to 1995. Engestrom applies and develops cultural-historical activity theory as a framework for the study of transformations and learning processes in work activities and organizations. He is widely known for his theory of expansive learning and for the methodology of developmental work research.


'... rich in data and conceptual analysis ... admirable scholarship ...' Mike Bonner, PsycCRITIQUES
'Yrjoe Engestroem has produced the kind of scholarly synthesis of research on teamwork in organizational settings that social scientists have been waiting for ever since the appearance of his classic prolegomenon, 'Learning by Expanding'. It is both comprehensive in its critical and illuminating treatment of competing lines of research and theory, clear and compelling in its treatment of the work of his research team, and stimulating in its thoughts about the future of work.' Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego
" in data and conceptual analysis...admirable scholarship..." --Mike Bonner, PsycCRITIQUES [Vol. 54, Release 32, Article 6]

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