Organizational Behavior - Teams

Organizational Behavior - Teams - O rganizational Behavior...

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Organizational Behavior TEAMS Tasks become more complex Tasks becoming more interdependent Need more flexible labor force Need for faster response to change Groups/teams generally perform better under these conditions than individuals working alone. But coordination costs are inherent in theses/teams. How to assure that coordination costs do not exceed the benefits of groups Why teams? More complex activities: Work and taks Info technology Science and knowledge Tasks have become far more complex, interactive, and interdependent Competitive conditions: Things change rapidly Flexibility Teams tend to be more flexible Can adapt quickly more than individuals Teams are ineffective Coordination problems are inherent Motivation costs can’t exceed the benefits How do we put teams together with maximize advantages and minimized costs We are looking for teams that perform well and satisfy their member’s needs simultaneously Teams that can perform well at low coordination costs and at high satisfaction levels among members Only use this model when you have a problem to look what’s up and find a solution Group process How they communicate, make decision, they coordinate they deal with conflict, don’t get alone. The better this is the happier are the members. The higher this is the lower the costs. No need of group processes If tasks are simple and independent there is no necessary need for a team. Keep coordination costs low. How to get to good processes? What leads to good or bad group processes? What resources members bring? What is their personality? How is the group structure? External conditions: Team with a problem? Usually managers look at process, members. But must start by looking at the context. Start looking at the background, the external conditions. External conditions: How the firm is design. Features that characterized how the firm is design: Resources o Materials o Personal selection (the nature of how firms select personnel) Kind of structure the team evolve to do the work o Performance evaluations o Rewarding teams or individuals Strategy and type of business Innovator like intel
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Cross minimizer like McDonalds Don’t look at the organization, not the team. Look at the strategy and industry
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course BUAD 304 taught by Professor Cummings during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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