Self Managed Teams - Self Managed Teams Self-managed teams are empowered to take corrective action and resolve day-to-day problems they also have

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Self Managed Teams Self-managed teams are empowered to take corrective action and resolve day-to-day problems; they also have direct access to information that allows them to plan, control, and improve their operations. In short, employees in SMTs manage themselves. 1 SMTs offer a way to put the concepts of job enrichment and job enlargement into active operation. The SMT concept was developed in Britain and Sweden in the 1950s. One of the early companies to adopt it was Volvo, the Swedish auto manufacturer. Pioneering efforts in SMT development were made by Procter & Gamble in 1962 and by General Motors in 1975. These U.S. developments were concurrent with the Japanese quality team developments which, in many cases, cannot be classified as true SMTs because of their limited autonomy. SMTs began to gain popularity in the United States in the late 1980s and are currently used in many industries, including food processing, auto-related businesses, petrochemicals, glassmaking, and other miscellaneous industries. 2 In 1994 3M Corporation designed and built a new facility in Canada entirely based on the SMT concept. Characteristics of Self-Managed Teams SMTs have the following characteristics: • They are empowered to share various management and leadership functions. • They plan, control, and improve their own work processes. • They set their own goals and inspect their own work. • They often create their own schedules and review their performance as a group. • They may prepare their own budgets and coordinate their work with other departments. • They usually order materials, keep inventories, and deal with suppliers. • They frequently are responsible for acquiring any new training they might need. • They may hire their own replacements or assume responsibility for disciplining their own members. • They take responsibility for the quality of their products and services. 3 4
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course MGMT 532 taught by Professor Quiggley during the Winter '10 term at Embry-Riddle FL/AZ.

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Self Managed Teams - Self Managed Teams Self-managed teams are empowered to take corrective action and resolve day-to-day problems they also have

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