LEADERSHIP BRIEFING

Informing Leaders of the Latest Developments in Research and Practice

A New Kind of Team?

Michael E. Kossler, Michael C. Hansen, Valerie I. Sessa, and Sonya Prestridge

During the last two decades the business world, in the United States in particular, has become infatuated, indeed almost obsessed, with all aspects of teams. Various academic and business gurus have touted the benefits of and the need for teams. In response to the corporate demand for help, specialists in group dynamics, organizational development, and training have designed a variety of processes and tools to move groups from a forming stage to a level of high performance.

More recently, a new type of team has surfaced in both the academic and popular press. ...

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