Lecture 8 Teamwork - SPC 104 Organisational Psychology...

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1 SPC 104: Organisational Psychology Department of Psychology School of Health and Natural Sciences Sunway University College Year 1 Semester 3 24 March – 5 July 2008 Lecture 8: Teamwork Defining Teams Interdependent group of workers with complementary skills working toward shared goals (Riggio 2002) A social aggregation in which a limited number of individuals interact on a regular basis to accomplish a set of shared objectives for which they have mutual responsibilities (Muchinsky, 2006) Teams are appropriate when: o Task is complex, requires innovation or creativity o Decision-making task is complex o Situation is variable Types of Teams Larson and La Fosta (1989) proposed 3 types of teams: Problem solution To focus on solving a particular problem/ issue Example: Centres for Disease Control Creative teams Develop innovative possibilities Example: product design teams Tactical teams Executing plan or objective Example: surgical teams, SWAT 5 Principles of Teamwork
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