In modern organisations, most work is accomplished in teams. Importantly, teams are not only the work horses of organisations, but they are increasingly used to tackle the most important and strategic issues facing organisations. Teams are charged with making important decisions, developing innovations, and solving complex problems. Thus, being able to develop and maintain high-performance teams is a crucial success factor for organisations. For individuals, their value to an organisation depends to a large extend on how well they function as members and leaders of teams. Importantly, team leadership is increasingly expected from all members of a team, rather than being tied to a specific official roles; and team roles are becoming more and more fluid and situational. Moreover, organisations employ various types of teams, such as virtual teams, calling for increasing sophistication from their employees. The purpose of this course is to expose students to these issues and to make them familiar both with research and theory on teams as well as to increase their competency to work and lead in teams. Topics include team performance, team development, team innovation, team decision making, conflict in teams, and types of teams.
By the end of this course, students should:
- Be familiar with important theories and research findings regarding teams
- Be aware of key team work and leadership problems
- Be able to identify effective ways of working and leading in teams across different contexts
- Be more aware of their own strengths and weaknesses as members and leaders in teams