Organization Behavior Test 2 review

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Organization Behavior Chapter 5 Developing Project Teams WHAT IS A TEAM? - Has been used to refer to any number of groups- small work groups, entire organizations - Team – small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, common set of performance goals, and a common approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. - Characteristics of team o Teams are usually made up of a small number of team members – as they become large they begin to stop acting like a team. o Team members do different tasks requiring kinds of knowledge and skills – synergy – comes from different team members doing different tasks in a coordinated way. To achieve coordination from synergy, team members must do work that fits well with the work of others o Direction: teams have a common purpose and a common set of performance goals o Common game plan: for how they will achieve their goals o Control: team activities and performance must be controlled – control comes from within the team by members holding each other mutually accountable. WHAT IS A SUCCESSFULTEAM? - Successful teams deliver the goods o Producing project deliverables according to specification, on time, and on budget o Goods require a great deal of leader attention – must clarify project mission, objectives, and deliverables o Other stakeholders will develop expectations about what the project should produce and how it should be conducted. – these stakeholders will have a say in considering how successful the project is. - Successful teams get better o Human capital can get better with use and increase rather than diminish in value o Teams should get better in 2 ways
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First: team members should get better in terms of knowledge, skills, and abilities to produce project deliverables They should get better at working as a team Second: they should get better at working together as a team o Teams usually thought of as temporary, but really they are not sometimes – this leads project leaders to underestimate the value of developmental needs Some teams together for years, for multiple projects, and others are permanent o Attending to team development not only helps organization but also helps leader in future projects Team members can climb project learning curves faster with development and in turn increased satisfaction and higher commitment to project needs o Developmental efforts – one particularly – project leaders are advised to use their teams periodically to review the project and confront project problems as they occur. Teams can spot and solve problems better than individuals working alone Doing so, teams can get better at project work and leaders can get a double benefit – team development and good advice on project challenges. -
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2011 for the course MGT 3000 taught by Professor Murrmann during the Spring '11 term at Virginia Tech.

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