DEVELOPING SUCCESSFUL TEAMS IN ORGANISATIONS
Satrina Harvey, Bruce Millett and Don Smith
5th November 1998
While the use of teams appears to offer many benefits, teams may not be the most suitable approach for all organisations. This article reviews current literature on teams in an attempt to outline some of the attractions and challenges of implementing teams so as to give a realistic preview of what can be achieved through teamwork. The literature indicates that the effects of teamwork (both positive and negative) are contingent upon many factors including the organisations culture and climate, effectiveness of team leadership, employee commitment, the system of compensation and rewards, and the level of employee autonomy. This article outlines eight key points that have been identified by a number of authors which facilitate the effective development of teams. These points are: clear goals; decision making authority; accountability and responsibility; effective leadership; training and development; provision of resources; organisational support; and rewards for team success.
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