Literature Review for
Building Effective Teams
1994 David Richards
This literature review was conducted in the process of preparing material for a course on teamwork entitled Building Effective Teams. This Literature Review, together with the Student's Guide and Instructor's Guide were completed in order to fulfill the Directed Study Project (BUS 590) requirement of the MBA program at George Fox College, Newberg, Oregon.
Building Effective Teams is designed to be taught as an undergraduate business course. The text selected for the course is Teamwork: What Must Go Right, What Can Go Wrong Carl E. Larson and Frank M. J. Lafasto (Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1989). This 140-page book serves as a guide for understanding team effectiveness. Chapter One is titled "Toward Understanding Teams and Teamwork." Chapter Two, "A Clear, Elevating Goal" explains that setting and meeting goals is an important part of being a team. Chapter Three, "Results-Driven Structure," addresses basic team structures and features. Chapter Four, "Competent Team Members," gives guidelines for selecting team members with the right competencies. Chapter Five, "Unified Commitment," defines commitment and gives instructions for fostering unified commitment. Chapter Six, "Collaborative Climate," shows how trust builds collaboration. Chapter Seven, "Standards of Excellence," explains how standards lead to high-performing teams. Chapter Eight, "External Support and Recognition," tell how the organization must support the team for it to be effective. Chapter Nine, "Principled Leadership," explains that the team should be driven by principles and leaders, not managers. Chapter Nine, "Inside Management Teams," gives an overall view of the book and its implications.
This literature review will introduce the basic concepts of teams and team building, and thereafter will follow the format of Larson and LaFasto's eight characteristics of effective teams.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 2: The Need for Teams
Chapter 4: Team Building and Development
Chapter 5: Goals - Effective Team Goals
Chapter 7: Competent Team Members - Effective Teams
Chapter 8: Unified Team Commitment - Effective Teams
Chapter 9: Team Collaboration
Chapter 10: Team Standards of Excellence
Chapter 11: External Team Support and Recognition
Chapter 12: Principled Leadership - Effective Teams
Chapter 13: Inside Management Teams - Effective Teams
Chapter 14: Training Activities for Teamwork
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