There are many situations where team working is desirable.
The basic purpose of a team is to solve complex problems through
A team can be defined as any group of people who must significantly relate with each other in order to accomplish shared objectives.
A team is therefore a formal group. It will have its own culture and leader and will be geared towards achieving a particular objective.
An effective team can be described as 'any group of people who must significantly relate with each other in order to accomplish shared objectives'.
In order to ensure that the group is truly an effective team, team members must have a reason for working together. They must need each other's skills, talent and experience in order to achieve their mutual goals.
A team is a formal group. It has a leader and a distinctive culture and is geared towards a final result.
We can establish the differences between groups and teams by observing their behaviour.
As a way to ensure that the team welds together to become an effective unit, you might look for evidence of successful team-building.
Woodcock has described some features of effective teamwork, which include the following:
Blockages to an effective team:
While the formation of teams is normally seen as being a positive factor within an organisation, if groups become ineffective they can have a negative impact on the business. This can occur in several ways:
Managers may need to examine teams for these problems and take corrective action as necessary.
There is much research and many theories relating to team working and team effectiveness. In this knowledge bank we focus on the following:
Belbin at the roles people adopt within a group context and suggested an ideal blend of group roles to give an effective group or team.
Tuckman argued that teams tend to progress through a number of defined stages in their development. Understanding these stages and the challenges they present will assist managers to improve team effectiveness.
Peters and Waterman identified five key aspects of successful teams which can then form a blueprint for future teams or for diagnosing problems in existing teams
This Product includes content from the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and the International Ethics Standards Board for
Accountants (IESBA), published by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in December 2012 and is used with permission of IFAC.