Concepts of Team Management

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Concepts of Team Management July 17, 2004 Principles of Management, MGMT 330 When we think of the word team, individually many different ideas may come to mind about what a team really is. Some may think of an NFL team (Tennessee Titans), an NBA team (Sacramento Kings), or a NASA astronaut team with such pioneers as Edwin Aldrin, Jr. and Neil Armstrong as members. You might even think of the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, or Marines as teams. In fact they all are, and they have a great deal in common as teams. However, for the purposes of this paper I will examine the characteristics of work teams, as they apply to organizations and I will supply answers to the following questions: What is a team? Where did the team…show more content…
The purpose is to solve a problem and disband at task completion. They usually employ a leader or facilitator. Conversely, the trend today is towards self-managed teams, in which workers are trained to do all or most of the jobs in the unit, they have no immediate supervisor, and the make decisions previously made by first-line supervisors (Bateman and Snell, 2004). The self-managed work team is perhaps the most powerful organization concept since the Roman Legions. They motivate, coordinate, solve problems, and make decision better than individuals. This performance comes at a price: decisions are slow; work teams require extensive training and months to mature. These work teams are usually found in manufacturing environments and are often resisted by people, but compared to problem-solving work teams, the benefits far outweigh the difficulties and frustrations. Teams develop the feeling of a collective identity in addition to the individual identity. This co-existence offers participants both great advantages and disadvantages. One of the greatest advantages of teams is the consideration of multiple perspective and inputs on the issues at hand by the team members. Coherent, focused teams can provide better solutions to problems than a single individual by tapping the collective knowledge, experience and creativity. Also, teams provide a less threatening environment for people who are reluctant to take on responsibility by
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