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Leadership in Action: Dispersed Teams Need to Get Off on the Right Foot by Sonya Prestridge, Michael E. Kossler, Michael C. Hansen, Valerie I. Sessa

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TEAM DESIGN IS KEY

The importance of team design and structure in the development and work of GDTs emerged as a consistent thread from our data analysis. GDT members saw their team design and structure as both similar to and different from that of colocated teams.

As with traditional teams, good task design—particularly clear and measurable goals—related positively to first-meeting effectiveness, ongoing meeting effectiveness, team dynamics, and team effectiveness. In addition, the team type (a project team or a functional team, for example) had a bearing on similar variables. Project group members reported that they felt more like part of a team after the first meeting than did functional group members. They were less likely than functional ...

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