Teams can be vertical

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Teams can be vertical (functional), horizontal (cross-functional), or self-directed (self-managed) and  can be used to create new products, complete specific projects, ensure quality, or replace operating  departments. Functional teams perform specific organizational functions and include members from  several vertical levels of the hierarchy. In other words, a functional team is composed of a  manager and his or her subordinates for a particular functional area. Accounting, personnel,  and purchasing departments are examples of functional teams.  Cross-functional teams are made up of experts in various specialties (or functions) working  together on various organizational tasks. Team members come from such departments as  research and development, design, engineering, marketing, and distribution. These teams are  often empowered to make decisions without the approval of management. For example, when 
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course MGMT 4375 taught by Professor Eixmann during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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