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.

Introduction to Teams

Introduction to teams

Working in teams to solve problems and achieve collective goals is a common experience for many. While teams can achieve extraordinary results, they can also deteriorate into an ineffective and immobilized group of frustrated individuals. This chapter introduces the concept of teams and describes common team problems as well as the conditions that are associated with team success. As individuals join together and build trust, groups develop a shared identity and a common purpose as they progress through predictable stages of development. Team leaders that understand those stages are able to facilitate growth. The chapter concludes with a look at the current trends in team research.

Case 1.1: Alternative Spring BREAK

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) began at Vanderbilt University in 1986, ...

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