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Ryerson University
Human Resources
MHR 405
Shannon Reilly

CHAPTER 7 TEAM DYNAMICS AND EFFECTIVNESSWHAT IS A TEAM A team is two or more peopled with a common goal who are interdependent upon each other to achieve a particular task and who hold themselves accountable to each otherA group is two or more people with common interests and continuing interaction While groups do not necessarily have task interdependence teams do Task Interdependence is the degree of taskdriven interaction among work team membersTASK INTERDEPENDENCE IN TEAMS The nature of the interdependence among teams can vary greatly Pooled Interdependence Team members work individually but either draw from a pool of common inputs or pool their outputs Example Baseball teams with individual members having a set of responsibilities and the performance of the team results from the sum of individual performances and Orchestra Sequential Interdependence Such teams rely on each other for resources with the output of one member becoming the input of another such as a football team through coordinated action or sequential interdependence Reciprocal InterdependenceMembers have reciprocal interdependence with work being exchanged back and forth This is the highest form of task interdependence of the three and it requires the best team work Example doubles tennis teams emergency roomTYPES OF WORK RELATED TEAMSFunction and Cross Functional Teams Functional Teams includes employees who work together daily on similar tasks and must coordinate their efforts Can either be managed by a formal leader or are self managedSelfmanaged Permanent teams that are not responsible for a specific function CrossFunctional teams include employees at about the same level but from different work areas who work together to solves problems or have ongoing responsibility for a certain process or function ProblemSolving SelfDirected and Virtual Teams In problem solving teams members focus on a specific iss
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