The Conceptualization of Team Flow

J Psychol. 2018 Aug 18;152(6):388-423. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2018.1449729.


Despite the noted potential for team flow to enhance a team's effectiveness, productivity, performance, and capabilities, studies on the construct in the workplace context are scarce. Most research on flow at the group level has been focused on performance in athletics or the arts, and looks at the collective experience. But, the context of work has different parameters, which necessitate a look at individual and team level experiences. In this review, we extend current theories and essay a testable, multilevel model of team flow in the workplace that includes its likely prerequisites, characteristics, and benefits.

Keywords: Collaboration; flow; optimal experience; positivity; subjective well-being; team effectiveness; team flow; team potency; work teams.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Group Processes*
  • Humans
  • Workplace* / organization & administration
  • Workplace* / psychology