Working in Teams is an undergraduate textbook that prepares students to work in collaborative, interdependent environments. This class-tested text is written in an engaging style with illustrations and examples that are of interest to today's students. Interesting case studies at the beginning of each chapter draw readers in, provide accessible context for the material, and create a desire to know more. Also included with the book will be a 360° online team assessment tool that will help students to improve their team performance.
Team design affects how a group of individuals interact as a unit and serves as a key determinant of success. This chapter will describe the major components that make up team design, including member roles and responsibilities and team culture. In order to build a successful team, leaders need to be well versed in the specific goals and tasks that need to be completed, as well as the levels of interdependence needed among members. Once team members have been selected, work can begin. The first few meetings in the life of a team strongly influence its ongoing structure, so planning how to launch a project and how to conduct those first few meetings is an important consideration in developing an effective ...