The history of management is loaded with fads. They come and go. Some are wild ideas—gimmicks, advocated by some charismatic guru. They have a brief moment in the sun and fade away as fast as they began.
Others, like Sensitivity Training, Management by Objectives, Reengineering, and Total Quality Management, have a longer life. They’re tried by many companies, are often successful, but sooner or later, the enthusiasm for them is lost.
Are teams a current fad or is the concept truly a sea change in the way organizations will be run as we enter the twenty-first century?
Only time will tell, but many organizations that have been using teams over the past several years have praised their value as a means ...