This book examines an emerging organizational form called the multi-team system (MTS). This type of aggregation is being increasingly adopted by organizations and agencies that need to respond to complex strategic problems. There has been increasing interest in MTSs over the last decade to the point where there is now a need to (a) describe these organizational forms more fully, (b) build conceptual frames that can guide research, and (c) begin developing tools to improve the study of MTSs. The purpose of this book is to respond to these needs. The book contains a series of chapters that expand prior conceptual frames of MTSs, defining in more detail the compositional and linkage attributes that characterize such units. The book also explores how such systems emerge and develop, as well as the methods for studying MTSs. The intent of the book is to establish and nurture a strong conceptual and methodological foundation that can guide research and practice with MTSs. Because the notion of MTSs cuts across multiple domains, this book will interest scholars in industrial/organizational psychology, organizational science, management and organizational theory, human factors, sociology, organization communications, and public administration.
A.P. Brief, Series Foreword. S. Zaccaro, Preface. Part 1. Introduction. S. Zaccaro, M. Marks, L.A. DeChurch, Multiteam Systems: An Introduction. M. Marks, D. Luvison, Product Launch and Strategic Alliance Multiteam Systems. G. Goodwin, P.J.M.D. Essens, D.G. Smith, Multiteam Systems in the Public Sector. Part 2. Compositional Attributes. R. Kanfer, M. Kerry, Motivation in Multiteam Systems. S. Connaughton, E.A. Williams, M.L. Shuffler, Social Identity Issues in Multiteam Systems. M. Boyer O'Leary, A. Williams Woolley, M. Mortensen, Multiteam Membership in Relation to Multiteam Systems. J. Keyton, D.J. Ford, F.L. Smith, Communication, Collaboration, and Identification as Facilitators and Constraints of Multiteam Systems. Part 3. Linkages. M.S. Poole, N. Contractor, Conceptualizing the Multiteam System as an Ecosystem of Networked Groups. J.R. Rentsch, M.J. Staniewicz, Cognitive Similiarity Configurations in Multiteam Systems. S. Zaccaro, L.A. DeChurch, Leadership Forms and Function in Multiteam Systems. V.B. Hinsz, K.R. Betts, Conflict in Multiple Team Situations. R.B. Davison, J.R. Hollenbeck, Boundary Spanning in the Domain of Multiteam Systems. Part 4. Development. S. Uitdewilligen, M.J. Waller, Adaptation in Multiteam Systems: The Role of Temporal Semi-Structures. R.L. Standifer, The Emergence of Temporal Coordination within Multiteam Systems. Part 5. Methods and Conclusion. J.R. Aiken, P. Hanges, Research Methodology for Studying Dynamic Multiteam Systems: Application of Complexity Science. C. Coen, A. Schnackenberg, Complex Systems Methods for Studying Multiteam Systems. C. Resick, C.S. Burke, D. Doty, Multiteam Research in Laboratory Settings: A Look at the Technical and Practical