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Title: The motives for cooperation in work organizations
Authors: Lopes, Helena
Santos, Ana C.
Teles, Nuno
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge
Abstract: This paper aims to contribute to a better understanding of cooperation in productive ventures, conceived of as collective action endeavours that require cooperation rather than mere coordination. It is argued that cooperative behaviour is grounded on three kinds of ‘common goods’, defined as goods that are shared and recognized as beneficial by the workers. These comprise common goals, relational satisfaction, and moral norms and values. The commonly held goods are associated with motives and behavioural rules which constitute both the reasons for cooperating and the means through which the dilemmatic nature of cooperation is overcome. It is further argued that the binding character of these rules is closely linked to humans’ ability and opportunity to communicate. Normative guidelines relative to management practices and directions for future research are also derived.
Description: WOS:000208011600003 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1744-1374
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at Cambridge: DOI:
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