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Reasons for the Renewed Popularity of Autonomous Work Groups

Reasons for the Renewed Popularity of Autonomous Work Groups Until recently, only relatively few Northern European companies hadorganized their operations by use of autonomous work groups, althoughthe first literature on this subject stems from the 1950s. Yet thisseems to be changing. From recent publications and the authorsexperience it appears that the diffusion of autonomous work groups isincreasing relatively suddenly. A survey among eight cases in sixcompanies two Dutch, four Swedish shows that recent changes in themarketplace and in available technology are the main reasons why thisincrease has taken place and why, according to the companies, this isthe very moment to start using autonomous work groups. On the one handthese changes enable the companies to introduce autonomous work groups,while on the other these changes force companies to do so. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

Reasons for the Renewed Popularity of Autonomous Work Groups

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/EUM0000000001299
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Abstract

Until recently, only relatively few Northern European companies hadorganized their operations by use of autonomous work groups, althoughthe first literature on this subject stems from the 1950s. Yet thisseems to be changing. From recent publications and the authorsexperience it appears that the diffusion of autonomous work groups isincreasing relatively suddenly. A survey among eight cases in sixcompanies two Dutch, four Swedish shows that recent changes in themarketplace and in available technology are the main reasons why thisincrease has taken place and why, according to the companies, this isthe very moment to start using autonomous work groups. On the one handthese changes enable the companies to introduce autonomous work groups,while on the other these changes force companies to do so.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 1992

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