chapter at a glance
Organizations today run on the foundation of teams and teamwork. Teams that achieve synergy bring out the best in their members in respect to performance, creativity, and enthusiasm. Here's what to look for in Chapter 7. Don't forget to check your learning with the Summary Questions & Answers and Self-Test in the end-of-chapter Study Guide.
WHY ARE TEAMS IMPORTANT IN ORGANIZATIONS?
Teams and Teamwork
What Teams Do
Organizations as Networks of Teams
Cross-Functional and Problem-Solving Teams
WHEN IS A TEAM EFFECTIVE?
Criteria of an Effective Team
Synergy and Team Benefits
Social Loafing and Team Problems
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OF TEAM DEVELOPMENT?
HOW CAN WE UNDERSTAND TEAMS AT WORK?
Diversity and Team Performance
The world of collegiate athletics is a good place to study teams and teamwork, both the upsides and the downsides. And when talking about the positives, the experience of Sasho Cirovski as head coach of the University of Maryland men's soccer team is worth a look. He has been through many team wins and losses, and he has learned a lot in the process.
There was a time when Cirovski's "Terps" struggled to win after having a series of winning seasons. What was going wrong? Cirovski attributed the problem to a lack of team leadership. So he appointed his two best players to be the leaders. But still the team lagged. ...