The 16th International Workshop on Team Working


The 16th International Workshop on Team Working (IWOT 16) was held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, September 6-7, 2012. Over the years the IWOT workshops have been a meeting place for scholars with different disciplinary background, who share an interest in team working. 

This year a company visit was included as part of the workshop. The company is a tool manufacturer, which has extensive experience with work designs based on autonomous work groups.  The work designs are build on strong traditions of union-management cooperation and participatory organizational development. The company visit is an opportunity to learn about autonomous work groups in a Scandinavian industrial context.


Call for papers

As always, we welcome contributions from a variety of perspectives on team working, including psychology, social psychology, sociology of work, organizational behavior and organizational theory. Papers may focus on any topic related to team working such as learning, diversity, trust, communication, performance, leadership or work organization. Contributions that bridge theory and practice through intervention tools or action oriented research are welcomed. This year, we also specifically propose the following two topics:

·       Team working under lean production. This includes operational teams, continuous improvements teams, product/service development teams or other permanent or temporal team constellations. A particularly interesting trend is the spread of lean production to sectors such as banking/insurance services, telecom, construction and public administration. What does lean team working look like in these sectors? Do established results from lean manufacturing apply in these sectors as well? Are we witnessing the universal diffusion of neo-taylorism or the emergence of new forms of collaboration?

·       Team working in different countries and institutional environments. Given institutional and cultural differences at the macro level, how do these differences play out on the micro level? Are high levels of trust and collaboration more common in Northern European countries than elsewhere? If so, what are the implications; less formalized organizations, consensus in decision making, fewer managerial layers? Under what conditions can different forms of team working be "exported" and "imported" across countries and institutional environments?


Deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1st . Abstracts should be no more than 750 words. Please forward your abstract to

Authors are notified about acceptance before June 15th. Deadline for submission of full papers is August 15th.


We are happy to inform you that the editor of Team Performance Management has offered to publish a special issue of the journal following the IWOT 16 workshop. More information about the journal can be found here: Please notify us in your final submission if you would like your paper to be considered for the special issue.



The workshop will be held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), campus Gløshaugen. NTNU has several campuses spread out in Trondheim, so take care to get to the right one. Registration and most sessions take place in the building named "Kjelhuset". See the "travel and accommodation" section for details about how to get to the venue.

Conference schedule

The conference starts in the morning of September 6th, so you need to arrive one day in advance.

Thursday September 6th

When? What? Where?
08:00 – 08:45 Registration and coffee  Kjelhuset
08:45 – 09:00 Welcome to Trondheim and IWOT 16  
09:00 – 09:45 Keynote: The Scandinavian approach to
Teamwork – participation and industrial
Bjørn Gustavsen, professor and senior researcher
at the Work Research Institute.
09:45 – 10:00 Coffee break Kjelhuset
10:00 – 12:00 Parallel paper session 1
Chair: Marte Pettersen Buvik

KJL 24

10:00 – 10:30 Minority dissent, social acceptance and
Group Cognitive Complexity
Petru Curseu & Sandra Schruijer

KJL 24

10:30 – 11:00 Transactive memory systems
Rasmus Oertel & Conny Antoni

KJL 24

11:00 – 11:30 Moderators of shared leadership: Work function
and team autonomy.
Maj S. Fausing, Hans Jeppe Jeppesen &
Thomas Jønsson

KJL 24

11:30 – 12:00 Is human capital important in the EFQM Model?
Lorena Para González, Daniel Jiménez Jiménez
& Ángel R. Martínez Lorente

KJL 24

10:00 – 12:00 Parallel paper session 2
Chair: Monica Rolfsen

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10:00 – 10:30 Self-managing teams in high risk jobs
Søren Voxted
S 22
10:30 – 11:00 How do we make teams proactive in a pre-planned
(leaned) context?
Frode Heldal, Stian Antonsen & Per Holdø
S 22
11:00 – 11:30 Inter-team coordination in manufacturing
systems – integrating online and offline activity
Jonas A. Ingvaldsen, Halvor Holtskog & Geir Ringen
S 22
11:30 – 12:00 Green construction: a straight road to teamwork?
Monique Ramioul & Jan Van Peteghem
S 22
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Kjelhuset
13:00 – 13:45 Keynote: Post-postmodern perspectives on
Scandinavian teamwork practice. Lessons
from playing with different paradigms.
Bjørn Z. Ekelund, Managing Director Human
Factors AS.
13:45- 14:00 Coffee Break Kjelhuset
14:00 – 15:30 Paper session 3
Chair: Jonas A. Ingvaldsen
14:00 – 14:30 The LP-STS debate revisited
Jos Benders
14:30 – 15:00 Teamwork as an important issue for
healthcare professionals
Justin Bitter & Pierre van Amelsvoort
15:00  - 15:30 Teams, continuous improvement, the unions
and conditional trust in the company Scania
Per Sederblad & Roland Ahlstrand
18:00 - midnight Social program and dinner
We invite you to join a guided city walk in
Trondheim, including refreshment stops.
After the city walk, we will have dinner.

Practical information: The city walk starts at
Rica Bakklandet Hotel (conference hotel)
at 18:00. Please meet up in the hotel reception.
The dinner will be at Bakklandet Skydsstation,
which is within walking distance from the
conference hotel. The dinner starts at 20:00.
If you do not want to join  the city walk, you may
go directly to the restaurant.
Downtown Trondheim
  N.B.! Do not expect summer temperatures. It is
likely to be around 10 C. We also advice you to
pack a rain coat or an umbrella.

Friday September 7th


When? What? Where?
09:00 – 11:00 Company visit to Teeness, a manufacturing company
having worked successfully with autonomous teams
for 20 years.

Practical information: The bus taking us to Teeness
departs from Kjelhuset (conference venue) at 08:00
and 08:30 from Rica Bakklandet Hotel (conference hotel).
You may choose to join at either location. For those
who stay in the city center, we recommend that you
join at Rica Bakklandet Hotel.
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Kjelhuset
12:30 – 14:30 Paper session 4
Chair: Jos Benders
12:30 – 13:00 "The silent practice": Sustainable self-managing
teams in a Norwegian context
Monica Rolfsen & Tobias Strand J.
13:00 – 13:30 What does it take in leadership, the structuring of
work and team processes if teamwork within the
Lean production concept is to be the means for
Annika Lantz
13:30 – 14:00 The role of team work in implementing
production improvement programs in global network
Torbjørn Netland
14:00 - 14:30 The Integrated Planning Interface Model for
Operational Planning
Grethe Ose & Lone Sletbakk Ramstad
14:30 – 14:45 Closing   

Conference fees and payment

The conference fee is 200 euro, including lunches, dinner and social events. PhD-students and master students pay a reduced fee of 100 euro.

Information about payment procedure, deadline for registration, etc. will be sent each participant by e-mail.

Local Organizing Committee

·       Monica Rolfsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
·       Jonas A. Ingvaldsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
·       Marte Pettersen Buvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Please forward any general questions to Monica Rolfsen, e-mail:


IWOT international committee

  • Conny Antoni, University of Trier, Germany
  • Jos Benders, KU Leuven, Belgium and Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Richard Cooney, Monash University, Australia
  • Petru Curseu, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Christian Koch, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Abigail Marks, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, U.K.
  • Eric Molleman, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Steve Procter, University of Newcastle, U.K.
  • Per Sederblad, Malmö University, Sweden
  • Steve Vallas, Northeastern University, USA
  • Geert Van Hootegem, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Michael West, Aston Business School, U.K.