OB Chapter 13: Teams and Team Building

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Division of work
Creating levels of authority and functional units.
Matrix Organization
An overlay of one type of organization on another so that two chains of command are directing individual employees.
Cross-functional team
A team in which members are drawn from several specialties.
Task Team
Cooperative small group in regular contact engaged in coordinated action.
Life Cycle of a Team
(1) Forming, (2) Storming, (3) Norming, (4) Performing, (5) Adjourning.
Sucker effect
Others are doing it, and you would be foolish not to do the same.
5 Ingredients of effective teams
(1) Supportive environment, (2) skills and role clarity, (3)superordinate goals, (4) trust, (5) team rewards.
Team building
Encourages team members to examine how they work together, identify weaknesses, and develop more effective cooperation.
Team Coaching
A leader’s intention effort and interaction with the team to help members make appropriate us of collective resources.
Typical stages of team building
(1) Identification of problem, (2) collection of relevant data, (3) data feedback and confrontation, (4) problem-solving experience, (5) on the job application and follow-up.
Process consultation
A set of activities that help others focus on what currently is happening around them.
Team Facilitator (Process Consultant)
Encourages employees to examine their intended vs. actual roles within the team, the ways in which the team discusses and solves problems, and use and abuse of power and authority, and the explicit and implicit communication patterns.
Self-managing teams
Natural work groups that are given substantial autonomy and in return are asked to control their own behavior and produce significant results.
Boundary Spanners
Keep communication channels open and active by constantly sharing information with other units in the organization and with people at other levels.
Virtual Teams
Groups of individuals from around the globe that meet through the use of technological aids without all of their members being present in the same location.
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