A theory of subgroups in work teams

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

Although subgroups are a widely studied component of work teams, much of the literature on subgroups has remained loosely connected and key questions remain unanswered. We integrate research on faultlines, diversity, and intergroup processes to develop a theory composed of a typology of subgroups and a depiction of the formation, processes, and outcomes associated with subgroups. The key insight from our theory is that subgroups are characterized by three underlying factors: identity, resources, and knowledge. © 2012 Academy of Management Review.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Carton, AM; Cummings, JN

Published Date

  • July 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 441 - 470

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-7425

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5465/amr.2009.0322

Citation Source

  • Scopus