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Qual Manag Health Care. 1993 Winter;1(2):59-67.

Beyond quality improvement teams: sociotechnical systems theory and self-directed work teams.

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Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA.


Increasingly, businesses are reporting successful implementation of self-directed work teams. In health care, team-based structures in both clinical and nonclinical areas are now rapidly emerging. This paper describes the linkage between the literature of sociotechnical systems theory and current applications of self-directed work teams, and outlines the organizational processes used to design and implement them. Several examples of self-directed work teams in industry and health care systems are provided. As much of the existing literature on self-directed work teams is from industry, there is a need for case reports and further research on their current applications in health care systems.

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