Integration through cross-functional teams in a service company
2016 (English)In: European Business Review, ISSN 0955-534X, E-ISSN 1758-7107, Vol. 28, no 4, 405-430 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to characterize the internal dynamics of cross-functional teams (CFTs) in different organizational processes in a service company.
Design/methodology/approach: A case study from a Brazilian service company was conducted. CFTs in five different organizational processes (strategy development, product development, portfolio management, sales channels management and business analysis) were analyzed through in-depth interviews, documents and non-participant observation.
Findings: A framework with four pillars was constructed: constitution of the CFT, task drivers, behavior and attitudes of the team and personal motivators. It was possible to analyze the process of how a group acts and reacts under changing circumstances based on the pillars included in the framework.
Research limitations/implications: The study is focused on creating analytical generalizability. Several insights in the 12 propositions presented in this study may be investigated in future research to validate the identified relationships among the pillars included in the framework. Moreover, the proposed framework allows the teams to be analyzed through a multidimensional view: structure, processes and impacts.
Practical implications: If the semantic boundaries of the communication are not well delineated, the differences in understanding can generate manifest conflicts. Moreover, the workload in a CFT seems to be larger and more complex than working in a functional activity; however, members perceive that it reduces the risk of unemployment and increases motivation.
Originality/value: The present study contributes to the extant literature with the proposal of a set of new exploratory propositions that can support future quantitative research about the use of CFTs in the service industry context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 28, no 4, 405-430 p.
Brazil, Cross-functional team, Integration, Service company
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31268DOI: 10.1108/EBR-01-2016-0014ISI: 000379771300002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84976555210Local ID: JTHIndustriellISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31268DiVA: diva2:953196