In search of perfect people: Teamwork and team players in the Scottish spirits industry.

Patricia Findlay, Alan McKinlay, Abigail Marks, Paul Thompson

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    The article examines the impact of teamwork on corporate socialization in Scotland. The article is based on a research project undertaken within the Scottish spirits industry. The empirical research is concerned with two organizations, United Distillers and Allied Distillers (ADL), and two bottling operations in each of these organizations. The discussion of the empirical findings is located within contemporary debates in a variety of social science literatures, in an attempt to examine the often polarized accounts of the to-operative psychological, and the "coercive" sociological and critical literature. UD undertook a large restructuring programme in the early 1990s, and on the back of this came Towards World Class (TWC), a strategic organizational change programme in which building and refashioning organizational culture on the shop floor was deemed as important to competitiveness as enhancing operating efficiencies. Teamwork was the core element of the work organization element of
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1549 - 1574
    JournalHuman Relations
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


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