Team Building, Virtue, and Personal Flourishing in Organizations

  • Brian T. EngellandEmail author


Good teamwork is essential in today’s organizations at all levels, yet evidence suggests that dysfunctional teams occur in far too many situations. The cost of dysfunctional teams is significant, leading to improper strategic direction, inappropriate execution, operational inefficiencies, and potential organizational failure. This study examines the process of team building, specifically how human capital and social capital help teams function effectively. The cardinal virtues—moderation, courage, justice, and wisdom—are posited as essential individual characteristics of effective team members and seven propositions are offered relating these virtues to good team functioning. Finally, four recommendations are provided regarding virtue education in business schools to prepare business graduates more effectively for team participation and personal flourishing in organizations.


Team building Human capital Social capital Trust Business performance Personal flourishing Virtues Virtue education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Busch School of Business and EconomicsThe Catholic University of AmericaWashington, DCUSA

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