Addressing a key concern in human service and other
organizational settings concerned with effective teamwork, this
book offers a new paradigm for conceptualizing the subject. Based
on qualitative research conducted with teams working with the
chronically ill, elderly, and with high-risk psychiatric patients,
Anne Opie has developed a method of working with teams that focuses
on teamwork as "knowledge work" and is applicable to a variety of
disciplines and settings.
Most discussions of teamwork have focused on the team players,
notably their interpersonal relationships. Drawing on Foucauldian
theories of discourse, "Thinking Teams / Thinking Clients" provides
a postmodern analysis of teamwork that stresses working with
professional knowledge in an organizational context. It stresses
the need for different kinds of disciplinary knowledge in teams,
and discusses the role of organizations in achieving more effective
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