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Work Group Learning

Understanding, Improving and Assessing How Groups Learn in Organizations, 1st Edition

Edited by Valerie Sessa, Manuel London

Psychology Press

464 pages

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This contributed book shapes the emerging field of group learning by drawing on research from leading theoreticians and researchers. Author contributions aggregate existing theory and research and go beyond this foundation to examine new insights about how groups learn and what they learn, factors that influence group learning, learning interventions, and group learning assessment methods.

This book will be of interest to all working in the area of group learning, including theoreticians, researchers or professional level practitioners who want a solid grounding in group learning theory and research. Students of organizational behavior will benefit from having the group learning literature brought together in a single volume with chapters from leading researchers.


"This is a wonderfully comprehensive and readable compendium of recent research on group learning. The authors - recognized experts in the field - have contributed a complementary set of chapters that cover the key issues on this increasingly important topic." - Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School, USA

Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1. How Groups Learn and What They Learn. V.I. Sessa, M. London, Group Learning: An Introduction. S.W.J. Kozlowski, B.S. Bell, Team Learning, Development, and Adaptation. H. Arrow, J. Cook, Configuring and Reconfiguring Groups as Complex Learning Systems. R.S. Tindale, S. Stawiski, E. Jacobs, Shared Cognition and Group Learning. A.P.J. Ellis, C.O.L.H. Porter, S.A. Wolverton, Learning to Work Together: An Examination of Transactive Memory System Development in Teams. Part 2. Member, Group, and Organizational Factors Influencing Group Learning. K.A. Jehn, J. Rupert, Group Faultlines and Team Learning: How to Benefit from Different Perspectives. C.O.L.H. Porter, A Multilevel, Multiconceptualization Perspective of Goal Orientation in Teams. N. Zakaria, A. Amelinckx, D. Wilemon, Navigating Across Culture and Distance: Understanding Determinants of Global Virtual Team Performance. S.J. Zaccaro, K. Ely, M. Shuffler, The Leader's Role in Group Learning. Part 3. Learning Interventions. C.S. Burke, E. Salas, D. Diaz, The Role of Team Learning in Facilitating Team Adaptation Within Complex Environments: Tools and Strategies. E.A.J.A. Rouwette, J.A.M. Vennix, Team Learning on Messy Problems. D.P. Brandon, A.B. Hollingshead, Collaborative Knowledge and Training in Online Groups. J.A. Cannon-Bowers, C.A. Bowers, A. Sanchez, Using Synthetic Learning Environments to Train Teams. J. Silberstang, T. Diamante, Phased and Targeted Interventions: Improving Team Learning and Performance. Part 4. Assessment of Group Learning. K.C. Stagl, E. Salas, D.V. Day, Assessing Team Learning Outcomes: Improving Team Learning and Performance. T.L. Gessner, K.L. Langkamer, R.J. Klimoski, Research Designs for Assessing Group Learning.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group