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Team work in industry

A study of eight teams in different settings [1] provides evidence of the dynamic nature of team performance strategies. Based on detailed records of team meetings, Gersick [1] found that each team defined a method of performing its task in the first meeting. However, without exception, midway through the predetermined time given to each team to complete the task, each team modified the original strategy for completing the task. This modified strategy was followed until the task was completed. This indicates that team performance results from a dynamic exchange of information and resources among team members and that teams modify performance strategies at certain points in the life cycle.


1. C.J.G. Gersick, "Team and Transition in Work Teams: Towards a New Model of Group Development," Acad. Manage. Rev. 31, 274-309 (1988).

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