"Team Organization" aims to show how working as a team up and down and across the organization creates value, serves customers and gives competitive advantages. This book integrates research findings into a framework that aims to clarify confusions by showing how successful teams envision a common direction, recognize that their goals are united, feel empowered and skillful, explore alternative positions before deciding, and reflect on their progress. The challenge is to appreciate how teamwork contributes to organizations, understand the conditions that make interaction between people and groups highly effective, and develop the procedures and plans that put this effectiveness to work. How can groups be channelled and managed so that they become invaluable allies as organizations cope with threats and exploit opportunities? The book does not try to criticize group studies or review them comprehensively, but uses group research to develop a comprehensive framework to managing and leading in an organization. It develops a model that identifies the nature of productive teams and how to create them. The book has four sections. Part one outlines the book's model and its research support. Part two summarizes the research on team potentials and pitfalls. Part three describes the major ingredients of successful teams and show how they can be developed. The last section focuses on how the team organization model can be applied to the organization as a whole.
APPLYING GROUP RESEARCH TO THE WORKPLACE. Moving to the Team Organization. The Team Organization Model. Theory and Research: Team Organization Model. Perspectives on Organizational Groups. TEAMWORK FOR EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS. Teams for Continuous Improvement. Teams for Commitment. Leadership. CREATING TEAMWORK. Envision. Creating Unity. Empower. Explore. Reflecting. TOWARD AN INTEGRATED COMPANY. Labor--Management Relations. Forging Synergy. Becoming a Team Organization. Index.