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Impromptu teams in a temporary organization: on their nature and role
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, E-ISSN 1873-4634, Vol. 34, no 4, 584-596 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The abundance and importance of temporary project teams in society introduces the need of understanding their nature. The purpose of this article thus is to highlight the existence of an only accidentally investigated type of team that we identify as Impromptu teams, and analyze their role in a temporary organization. Based on a detailed retrospective account of the infamous disaster on Mount Everest in 1996, we identify three examples of Impromptu teams. The three examples indicate that the teams are characterized by being triggered by an unexpected event, and formed through a bottom-up process, where joining the team is voluntary and the activities are based on a logic of appropriateness, rather than rule following. The identification and nature of Impromptu teams have implications far beyond Mount Everest, since most organizations at some point need to use teams similar to the identified examples.

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2016. Vol. 34, no 4, 584-596 p.
Keyword [en]
Team, Action teams, Impromptu team, Everest, Team formation
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117796DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2016.02.001ISI: 000374708000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-117796DiVA: diva2:908825
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Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse
Available from: 2016-03-03 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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