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Hardback 552 pp.
165 mm x 239 mm



Publication date:
April 2015

Imprint: OUP US

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The Psychology and Management of Project Teams

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Edited by Francois Chiocchio, E. Kevin Kelloway and Brian Hobbs

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 of project 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 of projects 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 impact on 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many project-management scholars are largely unaware of the I/O psychology literature - relying, for example, on outdated models of motivation and team development.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 and well-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.

Readership : Graduate students and professors in project management (in business schools and in programs for engineering, computer science, architecture, building studies, and urban planning), as well as graduate students and professors in I/O psychology and organizational-behavior psychology.

1. Brian Hobbs, François Chiocchio, and E. Kevin Kelloway: The Importance of Project Teams and the Need for an Interdisciplinary Perspective
2. Brian Hobbs: The Specifics of Project Contexts
3. François Chiocchio: Defining Project Teams: A Review of Conceptual Underpinnings
4. 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 Perspective
6. Alyson Byrne and Julian Barling: Leadership and Project Teams
7. Cristina Sue-Chan, Kazem Rassouli, and Gary P. Latham: Motivating Project Teams through Goal Setting, Team Members' Goal Orientation, and a Coach's Regulatory Focus
8. Isabelle Tremblay, Helen Lee, François Chiocchio, and John P. Meyer: Identification and Commitment in Project Teams
9. Frank R. C. de Wit: Conflict in Project Teams
10. Catherine Loughlin and Lindsay Bryson: Bullying in Project Teams
11. Patrick A. Horsman and E. Kevin Kelloway: Occupational Health in Project Teams: Considerations for Employee Well-Being
12. Natalie J. Allen and Thomas O'Neill: Team Composition and Performance: Considering the Project-Team Challenge
13. Sujin K. Horwitz: Functional Diversity in Project Teams: Working across Boundaries
14. Laure E. Pitfield, Aleka M. MacLellan, and E. Kevin Kelloway: Cross-cultural Communication in Project Teams
15. Michael Beyerlein, Ambika Prasad, Jon Cordas, and Priyanka Shah: Virtual Project Teams
16. Marina Pearce, Charlotte L. Powers, and Steve W. J. Kozlowski: The Development of Project Teams
17. Edwardo Salas, William Kramer, and Nastassia Savage: Learning in Project Teams
18. FranDDois Chiocchio, E. Kevin Kelloway, and Brian Hobbs: The Future of Project Teams: A Research Agenda

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François 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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Special Features

  • The first book by industrial/organizational psychology and organizational behavior scholars to specifically address the project-team context.
  • Features a cross-disciplinary collaboration between leading psychologists and project-management scholars.
  • Addresses the human factors that drive project-team performance.
  • Provides a roadmap to an integrated approach to the study of project teams.