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1996

Customer service

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Outcomes Of Self-Directed Work Groups In Telecommunications Services, Rosemary Batt Jan 1996

Outcomes Of Self-Directed Work Groups In Telecommunications Services, Rosemary Batt

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[Excerpt] The purpose of my presentation is to consider whether the use of self-directed teams enhances competitiveness in services. In the context of heightened competition brought about by deregulation and the internationalization of service markets, do "team-based" work systems produce higher quality service and customer satisfaction? Do workers benefit as well? Should unions as well as management support this innovation? If so, under what conditions and why?

This presentation complements that of the other panelists in this session in important ways. First, while Verma provides an overview of the array of workplace innovations being introduced in telecommunications firms (from joint ...