Organisation of multi-professional teamwork in technology-mediated work environments

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Abstract

Multi-professional collaboration is assumed to tackle ambiguous and difficult
challenges with innovative teamwork. First, expertise from many fields is needed
for solving difficult problems in society and organisations, which emerge from a
complicated reality. Second, tasks in working life encompass many fields, meaning
that multi-professional expertise is needed. Third, the expertise has to be
organised as interactive teamwork for approaching ambiguous questions.
However, multi-professional collaboration is challenging, due to different
knowledge bases and related working methods of each professional grouping
involved, but, with digitalisation, multi-professional collaboration could become
more commonplace, as the technology-mediated work environment is shared by
all professional groupings in the workplace. Technology tends to mainstream
working patterns and practices, which could be assumed to reshape professional
work and multi-professional collaboration. The article studies how multiprofessional teamwork is organised in firms with an advanced technologymediated work environment in the new media and high-technology industry. The
methodological approach is qualitative, and three case studies are presented. The
outcome of the analysis reveals variations in the patterns of organising multiprofessional teamwork, which is related to the function and position of the teams
and the rationality of the firm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-66
JournalEuropean Journal of Workplace Innovation
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • innovative teamwork
  • management
  • multi-professional teamwork
  • technology and work
  • work organisation

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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