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The Emergence of Collective Competence in a Brazilian Petrochemical Company

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  • Claudia Cristina Bitencourt
  • Fernanda Bonotto

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Organizations seek new ways to stimulate collective competences. One possible way this can be done is though self-managing teams. This paper aims to understand the collective competences based on their constitutive elements: interaction, sensemaking and identity. For this study we investigated a Brazilian world-class petrochemical company, recognized by their excellence in working with self-managed teams. Two semi-autonomous teams were studied, distinct in its pattern and performance. The main results point out that the understanding of collective competences is more related to the dynamics and the interaction process itself rather than to the content of this approach and its constitutive elements separately.

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  • Claudia Cristina Bitencourt & Fernanda Bonotto, 2010. "The Emergence of Collective Competence in a Brazilian Petrochemical Company," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 21(2), pages 174-192.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2010_2_bitencourt
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    collective competences; interaction; sensemaking; identity;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J81 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Working Conditions
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L70 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - General
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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