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Team working within organisations: a theoretical approach drawing on the resource-based view of the firm

Fernando Martin-Alcazar, Pedro Romero-Fernandez, Gonzalo Sanchez-Gardey and Jose Sanchez-Perez

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2009, vol. 9, issue 1, 1-18

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to analyse the strategic importance of team working, a structural and organisational choice that is rapidly gaining importance within businesses. To do so, the article draws on the Resource-based View (RBV) of the Firm, a recurrent paradigm in this field of research, which helps to describe the conditions under which a capability can be considered a sustainable source of competitive advantage. In the first part of the paper, the main elements of this integrative approach will be outlined. Afterwards, these theoretical arguments will be applied to the phenomenon of team working, in order to explore its strategic implications. Finally a model will be proposed to try to summarise the main constructs and relationships identified.

Keywords: teamwork; human resources; resource-based view; RBV; strategy; work teams. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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