Most contemporary organizations use management teams to manage and coordinate their businesses at all levels of the organizational hierarchy. Management teams typically set overall goals, strategies, and priorities, making vital organizational decisions. They discuss issues, solve problems, offer advice, and ensure various processes and units are aligned and interact efficiently. Although management teams are vital for overall organizational performance, research indicates that they are largely underused and less effective than their potential would suggest for value creation.

This book provides a research-based and practical model of the characteristics of effective management teams. It looks in depth at each factor of the model, discusses the supporting research, provides examples of how the factors influence the work and effectiveness of management teams, and shares tips and tools for successfully working with management team development.

It provides researchers, academics, and students of organizational behavior with an overview of the variables that empirical research has found to be robustly related to management team effectiveness and will enable leaders and management consultants to develop more effective management teams.

part Part I|28 pages

The Management Team

part Part II|22 pages

Output Factors and Emergent States

part Part III|34 pages

Input Factors

chapter 5|8 pages

A Clear Team Purpose

chapter 6|4 pages

Appropriate Team Tasks

chapter 7|15 pages

Appropriate Team Composition

chapter 8|5 pages

Supportive Organizational Systems

part Part IV|63 pages

Processes That Influence Management Team Effectiveness

chapter 9|7 pages

Setting Clear Meeting Goals

chapter 10|7 pages

Focused Communication

chapter 11|14 pages

Capitalizing on Diversity

chapter 12|6 pages

The Absence of Political Behavior

chapter 13|6 pages

Team Boundary Spanning

chapter 14|12 pages

Continuous Team Learning

chapter 15|9 pages

Effective Team Leadership

part Part V|61 pages

How Can Effective Management Teams Be Developed?