Background - How to build high-performing teams

Key take-aways

  • There is a number of defining features that guide you in determining the boundaries of your "team".
  • Effective teams require investment – but provide benefits which are hard to replicate individually and warrant the investment
  • Not every collective effort calls for a team – sometimes a working group simply relying on specified and non-interdependent individual contributions is enough
  • You probably need to invest in a team when dealing with a complex or ill-defined task requiring collaboration and interdependent individual contributions
  • In order to drive team performance, you need look into the design and practice six key dimensions of teams: purpose and goals, membership and skills, leadership and accountability, rules and behaviors, communication and relationships, and tension and conflict.

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The following literature is cited in this section:

  • Edmondson, Amy C. (2012) Teaming. How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy. New York: Wiley.
  • Katzenbach Jon R. and Smith, Douglas K. (1993) The Wisdom of Teams. Creating the High-Performance Organization. London: McGraw.
  • Mathieu, Jon; Maynard, M. Travis; Rapp, Tammy; Gilson, Lucy (2008) Team Effectiveness 1997-2007: A Review of Recent Advancements and a Glimpse Into the Future, Journal of Management 34(3), 410-476.

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