This book offers practical, evidence-based solutions to help professionals implement and support effective teamwork. Lantz, Ulber and Friedrich draw on their considerable professional experience to present common problems in team-based organizations, what empirical research tells us the causes are, and which solutions are more effective in overcoming team-based obstacles.
In The Problems with Teamwork, and How to Solve Them, nine common problems are identified, ranging from lack of leadership and adaptability to conflict and cohesiveness, accompanied by clear instructions on how to approach and resolve the individual issues. Detailed case studies are presented throughout the book, demonstrating how theory can be applied to real-life situations to produce optimal results for both the team and the larger organisation. By combining theory and practice, and using state-of-the-art research, the book constructs a cognitive map for identifying problem causes and effect, and step by step instructions on how to solve problems.
This is essential reading for anyone working in team-based organizations, as well as students and academics in related areas such as organizational psychology and organizational behaviour.
Chapter 1. Why work in teams and for what are teams effective?
Chapter 2. The problem with problem-solving
Chapter 3. We have teams, but little teamwork
Chapter 4. Team composition: "We have a team, but team members do not benefit from each other"
Chapter 5. The team does not carry out the tasks in a coordinated manner
Chapter 6 The team does not cooperate adequately due to conflicts and a lack of a positive and amicable climate
Chapter 7. The problem with lack of adaptability
Chapter 8. The teams does not perform well because of a lack of good leadership
Chapter 9. Teamwork and team learning does not result in organizational learning
Chapter 10. Requirement specification of systematic team interventions
Chapter 11. Effective teams over time