New organization forms and workgroups

Henry C. Lucas, Raghu Garud

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The rapid advance of information technology has led to the creation of new business models and new organizational forms. We argue that these new business models have a profound impact on workgroups. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the impact of these new organization forms on workgroup structure and process. The chapter offers a number of propositions about group structure and processes, and explores their implications for workgroups found in technologically enabled firms. The groups that develop in technologically enabled organizations are characterized by a focus on self-organizing, a variety of skills, fluid membership, extensive information and knowledge sharing, relational governance, membership from a variety of organizations, extensive boundary spanning, negotiated meaning and potential conflicts between skills and values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2000

Publication series

NameResearch on Managing Groups and Teams
ISSN (Print)1534-0856

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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