“How Team Work Defines the Success of an Organization”

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“How Team Work Defines the Success of an Organization” ---Whole Foods Market Inc--- July 14, 2009 Ryan T. Merrill When we talk of the role of teams in defining the success and/or at least as a major cause of failure of a business organization, the fundamental question that arises in anybody’s mind is as to why organizations need teams at all. They need teams because of their effect on the overall work performance and when the organizations work through the teams, the end result is the improvement in critical areas as productivity, customer care, quality improvement which are all needed for the very survival of them. In a study conducted by E.Lawler, S.A...Mohman and G.E. Ledford, it was found that 45 to 70% of the business…show more content…
Common Characteristics: Irrespective of the categorization, there are certain common characteristics by which a team is identified. They are: • Inter-dependence is a key element found in the teams as members have to rely on each other for exchange of information, inputs and expertise. • Teams should exhibit stability in terms of time and quantifiable numbers. • Teams should have explicit authority in order to pursue their goals and take decisions on ways and means to accomplish them. • Teams should have access to resources in terms of men, material and money. We would devote the rest part our paper with an example of a business organization which is distinguished by its success because of its team. We have chosen ‘Whole Foods’ for this purpose for the following reasons. In the supermarket industry where shrinking sales, ever thinning margins and simmering labor discontents are order of the day, Whole Foods stands out by its democratic methods of operations with a seriousness of purpose and offers powerful lessons for organizations not only in this industry but others as well. The rank-in-file participative culture reinforces individual attention to performance and profits and the freedom that permeates the atmosphere leads to constant innovation Finally, it is an outstanding example of ‘self-managing teams’ put into practice. First, we would briefly describe the organization. Whole Foods Market Inc is the
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