Importance of Teamwork

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INTRODUCTION3

RESEARCH ON VARIOUS SOURCES…………………………………………...3 Research on books3
Research on academic journals………………………………….......................4 Research on newspaper……………………........................................................4 Research on website Part I……………….…………………………………….4 Part II………………………………………..……………………………….5

CONCLUSIONS……………………………………………………………….…….5

REFERENCE LIST7

BIBLIOGRAPY LIST………………………………………………………………8 INTRODUCTION

Working in teams has became increasingly common. “A team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, and skills and who seek to combine their efforts to achieve a common goal” (Thompson,2008). The role of work team has become more essential for an organization (Barbara and Stephen, 2007). The 2004 Workplace Employee Relations Survey illustrate that “72%of UK workplaces with over ten individual have least some employees in teams and of these 80% have extended teamwork to at least 60%of core employees”(Barbara, & Stephen, 2007). In addition, Huijgen and Pekruhl( 2001) report that about half of organization in Europe used teams (Barbara and Stephen,2007). Therefore, these evidences confirmed that teams are more and more important in the real world. With the high portion of adopting teamwork in business, lots of reasons are advanced for building teams, these are classified as importance of teamwork, and will be stressed out by researching on the following various resource materials.

INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS RESOURCES

1. Research on books

The benefits of having teams can be colossal, such as “enhanced flexibility, improved organization, added value and increased process conformance” (Oliver, 2001, PP184). Innovation and creativity was strongly emphasized by Parker (1996) as an importance of teamwork. He pointed out that some companies can outstand among others with “innovation developed out of the efforts of team players” (Parker, 1996, PP13). For example, with the team in PPG Industries, scientists could advance the new product development with the innovative ideas come from the marketing people, due to they know the needs of consumers. Moreover, for creativity in an organization, Parkers concluded that the effective work of a team can create solutions to problems (Parker, 1996, PP14). Moreover, Dale etal also suggested that “deep-rooted problems” can be worked out by team numbers which are “cross-functionally based” (Dale, el.,1997,PP191).Cited IBM as an example, managers develop the best solution based on the Information system which is supported by the creative teamwork (Parker, 1996, PP14). Thus, new ideas and workable solutions as the main outcome, teamwork is essential for the continuous operation and development of an organization.

Other possible benefits of teamwork have been mentioned by a few authors’ books. The research of Leigh Thompson indicated that productivity, quality and efficiency improvement can be achieved by the team players with the will developed during the longer period (2008, PP160). What’s more, the work of John Oliver concluded that companies can also benefits from the workers’ personal satisfaction generated by working in an effective team (2001,PP184).

2. Research on academic journals

A journal points out that teamwork is the key to achieving goals (Gerald, 2008). In this article, a team is defined as “a group of individuals who have come together to accomplish a shared goal or task” (Gerald, 2008). Through a commitment to a shared goal, members work toward accomplishing the goal for the benefit of organization. They focus on helping each other succeed rather than individual agendas, desires, or predetermined outcomes. Moreover, the top team is essential for the success of the enterprise (Erika,Keith and Colin, 2001). The benefit of building effective top teams is that they develop better strategies, perform more consistently and increase the confidence of...
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