How project groups achieve coordinated action: A model of shared cognitions on time

J.M.P. Gevers, C.G. Rutte, W. Eerde, van

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This chapter addresses how project teams achieve coordinated action, given the diversity in how team members may perceive and value time. Although synchronization of task activities may occur spontaneously through the nonconscious process of entrainment, some work conditions demand that team members pay greater conscious attention to time to coordinate their efforts. We propose that shared cognitions on time – the agreement among team members on the appropriate temporal approach to their collective task – will contribute to the coordination of team members’ actions, particularly in circumstances where nonconscious synchronization of action patterns is unlikely. We suggest that project teams may establish shared cognitions on time through goal setting, temporal planning, and temporal reflexivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime in groups
EditorsE.A. Mannix, M.A. Neale, S. Blount
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)0-7623-1093-6
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameResearch on managing groups and teams
ISSN (Print)1534-0856


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