Let’s get together: teams at work

  • Owen Hargie
  • David Dickson
  • Dennis Tourish


A team is a number of interdependent people bound together by a collective aim.1 They may have a finite start and end date, or be intended as an indefinite part of an organisation’s structure.2 An essential feature of teams is that the members co-operate to achieve jointly agreed goals. They hold each other mutually accountable for success or failure. The underlying philosophy is that if one of them looks good, they all look good. Teams celebrate both personal and group achievements. In doing so, performance objectives are routinely exceeded. What was once considered impossible becomes viewed as inevitable. Given this, some leading researchers have argued that teams should be the standard unit of performance for most organisations, regardless of size.3 Indeed, the research literature identifies a number of consistent benefits from team organisation. These include4,5
  • Improved quality of work life for employees

  • Enhanced work satisfaction

  • Heightened levels of worker identification and commitment

  • Enhanced flexibility

  • Increased productivity

  • Improvements to products and services

  • Reduced staff turnover


Team Member Communication Skill Effective Management Team Meeting Virtual Team 
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  • David Dickson
  • Dennis Tourish

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