The Psychology and Management of Project Teams: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Hardcover | April 28, 2015

EditorFrancois Chiocchio, E. Kevin Kelloway, Brian Hobbs

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Organizations today are increasingly using projects in their daily activities. Projects and project-management principles frame goal attainment in academia and many business sectors, and they even serve as theoretical footing for organizational-change endeavors. However, the ubiquity ofproject management does not mean that project work, project teams, and the ways organizations use projects are well understood. Moreover, while project-management theory and practice aim at providing structure and control to enable successful project completion, an alarmingly high percentage ofprojects struggle or fail. As the authors of The Psychology and Management of Project Teams explain, this is in part because projects are still mostly managed as technical systems rather than behavioral systems. Even though project-management researchers have become increasingly interested in factors that may have an impacton project-management effectiveness, their efforts fall short of addressing the "human factor." And, unfortunately, many project-management scholars are largely unaware of the I/O psychology literature - relying, for example, on outdated models of motivation and team development. On the other side,I/O psychologists who research groups and teams often ignore the contextual influences - such as business sector, project type, placement in the organizational hierarchy, and project phase and maturity - that have a crucial impact on how a project will unfold.In this volume, a cross-disciplinary set of editors will bring together perspectives from leading I/O psychology and project-management scholars. The volume will include comprehensive coverage of team selection, development, learning, motivation, and communication; conflict management andwell-being; leadership; diversity; performance from a multi-level perspective; and career development. In the concluding chapter, a research agenda will provide a roadmap for an integrated approach to the study of project teams.

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Organizations today are increasingly using projects in their daily activities. Projects and project-management principles frame goal attainment in academia and many business sectors, and they even serve as theoretical footing for organizational-change endeavors. However, the ubiquity ofproject management does not mean that project work...

Francois Chiocchio is Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Ottawa. E. Kevin Kelloway is Professor of Management at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada. Brian Hobbs is Project Management Research Chair at the University of Quebec.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 9.41 × 6.5 × 1.69 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199861374

ISBN - 13:9780199861378

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1. Brian Hobbs, Francois Chiocchio, and E. Kevin Kelloway: The Importance of Project Teams and the Need for an Interdisciplinary Perspective2. Brian Hobbs: The Specifics of Project Contexts3. Francois Chiocchio: Defining Project Teams: A Review of Conceptual Underpinnings4. Jonas Suderlund: Project-Based Organizations: What Are They?5. John E. Mathieu, Lauren D'Innocenzo, and Michael R. Kukenberger: Contextual Issues in Project Performance: A Multi-Level Perspective6. Alyson Byrne and Julian Barling: Leadership and Project Teams7. Cristina Sue-Chan, Kazem Rassouli, and Gary P. Latham: Motivating Project Teams through Goal Setting, Team Members' Goal Orientation, and a Coach's Regulatory Focus8. Isabelle Tremblay, Helen Lee, Francois Chiocchio, and John P. Meyer: Identification and Commitment in Project Teams9. Frank R. C. de Wit: Conflict in Project Teams10. Catherine Loughlin and Lindsay Bryson: Bullying in Project Teams11. Patrick A. Horsman and E. Kevin Kelloway: Occupational Health in Project Teams: Considerations for Employee Well-Being12. Natalie J. Allen and Thomas O'Neill: Team Composition and Performance: Considering the Project-Team Challenge13. Sujin K. Horwitz: Functional Diversity in Project Teams: Working across Boundaries14. Laure E. Pitfield, Aleka M. MacLellan, and E. Kevin Kelloway: Cross-cultural Communication in Project Teams15. Michael Beyerlein, Ambika Prasad, Jon Cordas, and Priyanka Shah: Virtual Project Teams16. Marina Pearce, Charlotte L. Powers, and Steve W. J. Kozlowski: The Development of Project Teams17. Edwardo Salas, William Kramer, and Nastassia Savage: Learning in Project Teams18. FranDDois Chiocchio, E. Kevin Kelloway, and Brian Hobbs: The Future of Project Teams: A Research Agenda