Developing successful teams in organisations

Harvey, Satrina and Millett, Bruce and Smith, Don (1998) Developing successful teams in organisations. Australian Journal of Management and Organisational Behaviour, 1 (1). 1 - 7. ISSN 1440-4567

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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 organisation's 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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © S. Harvey, B. Millett & D. Smith.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - No Department
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2013 04:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: teams; organisational structure
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management

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