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Introduction: teamwork in theory and in practice

Gold, Natalie (2005) Introduction: teamwork in theory and in practice. In: Gold, Natalie, (ed.) Teamwork: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 1 - 21. ISBN 9781349516933

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Identification Number: 10.1057/9780230523203_1

Abstract

Teamwork is studied in many disciplines, but there is as yet no comprehensive theory of teams. This book brings together perspectives on teamwork from evolutionary biology, psychology, economics, robotics, philosophy, management and artificial intelligence. They provide a wide-ranging survey of current research on teams, using methodologies as diverse as laboratory experiments and evolutionary modelling, epistemic logic and the programming of robots. But teamwork is not only of theoretical, academic interest. It is also of practical application in our everyday lives. Obvious examples are found in the workplace and on the sports field but, if we allow that a team is a group of agents with a common goal which can only be achieved by appropriate combinations of individual activities, then it becomes clear that teamwork is a phenomenon which occurs in a wide variety of forms. Teamwork is commonly found when people engage in any type of joint activity. Professionals such as managers and coaches may have a specialist expertise but we all have some experience of teamwork.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781403933904
Additional Information: © 2005 Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 23:32
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110204

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