ERIC Number: ED324551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Key Concepts of Teams in an Organisation. Information Bank Working Paper Number 2541.
Marsh, D. T.
Teams in an organization are more than cooperative working groups. Advantages of group work, as opposed to individual work, include producing a better end result, providing satisfaction for the individual and the organization, and assisting the organization through coordination and work allocation. Disadvantages of group work include producing a poorer end result, producing eccentric behavior, developing pressure for change, becoming permanent, helping management evade responsibilities, and the time and energy needed to become efficient. Four key questions need to be answered to decide the pros and cons of team work. Team work has its limitations. Building a team involves management in 10 key activities. The key properties and performance characteristics of a highly effective team suggest an ideal that groups should work to achieve and a set of criteria against which to measure the effectiveness of existing groups. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Interprofessional Relationship, Management Teams, Morale, Organizational Development, Participative Decision Making, Peer Relationship, Program Implementation, Quality of Working Life, Team Training, Teamwork, Work Environment
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).