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Ancona D., Bresman H., Mortensen M. (2021). Shifting Team Research after COVID‐19: Evolutionary and Revolutionary Change Journal of Management Studies, 58(1), pp. 287-291.
COVID-19 has had wide ranging effects on organizations and how we work - and teams are not immune. It is also clear that many of these effects will persist long after the disease and must therefore be used to shape our research agenda going forward.The authors first examine the effects of COVID-19 evolutionarily - as accelerating and redirecting existing trends towards dynamic membership, fuzzy boundaries, external focus, multiple-team-membership, machine-human interaction and ecosystems as context.The authors then explore effects that suggest more revolutionary shifts - requiring us to examine hybridity, decontextualization, and centrifugal forces.The authors also suggest how such changes may in fact lead us to a new chapter of research on teams that may even require the consideration of a new level of analysis.