Structural influences upon coordination and performance in multiteam systems Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2018


  • 4


  • 28

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-4822

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7889


  • Building upon organizational design and boundary spanning and multilevel literatures, we propose a theoretical framework that extends previous work on the drivers of multiteam system (MTS) coordination and performance. Our proposal integrates aspects of functional process interdependence and different integration mechanisms used within MTSs to better elucidate how different coordination processes emerge. The framework exposes potential countervailing or confluent effects of coordination processes on performance and, thereby, reconciles seemingly incongruent findings regarding the effect of different approaches to coordination on MTSs performance. In addition, our framework helps managers consider the multilevel nature of MTS coordination processes in ways that assist them in selecting an approach to effectively address the coordination challenges inherent in these complex systems.


  • confluent/countervailing effects; functional process interdependence; integration mechanisms; multiteam systems coordination; multiteam systems performance