Working groups or teams. Does it matter?

Morrison, Susan, and Lincoln, Michelle (2005) Working groups or teams. Does it matter? ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 7 (3). pp. 106-109.

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Abstract

Speech pathologists are expected to work on teams with professionals of other disciplines in many employment situations. Team terminology is abundant and ambiguous. We argue that one of the most important distinctions to be made is between teams and working groups. Many teams lack the structure to be a team and are instead a working group. A team has a measurable goal with the authority to determine the tasks needed to meet the goal with mutual accountability. Working groups can be effective, but expectations centre on the performance of individuals rather than the group as a whole. Understanding the difference between work groups and teams, and aligning expectations to the type of work situation are important for employee satisfaction and performance. Internal conflicts can arise from lack of clarity about the goals and tasks of the team or group.

Item ID: 10005
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: teams; team structure; working groups
ISSN: 1441-6727
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 03:44
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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