Work Team Strategies: Enhancing Team Development and Organizational Performance. A Foundation Report for Integrated Capability Engineering Teams


  1. Waruszynski, B.T.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Work team strategies are being introduced into organizations to help improve productivity levels, enhance decision-making capabilities, and manage transformational change to enable more effective organizational performance. Researchers are focusing on the importance of team effectiveness, and how individual and team skills are contributing to high performance work teams. Team performance draws on the effectiveness of how individuals within the team contribute to the overall group dynamic in fulfilling organizational objectives. By examining work teams and the strategies that are used for successful organizational performance, this paper proposes some of the key principles for enabling Integrated Capability Engineering Teams (ICE-Ts) to successfully support Capability-Based Planning. This paper investigates the group dynamics of team effectiveness, and focuses on how groups come together and build on their relationships to ensure a successful work team environment. Work team performance is examined, focusing primarily on why teams fail and what are the motivating factors for team success. Several key issues affecting work teams are examined, including: cultural resistance, conflicts, recruitment and selection (including short-termism vs. career planning), empowerment, communication, trust, rewards and recognition, performance appraisals, and training and development. Team building strategies and guidelines are proposed to help work teams assess their own performance criteria f

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Work Team Strategies;Team Development;Team Building;Team Performance Management;Team Assessments;Group Dynamics;Team Structures;Team Enablers and Barriers;Teamwork;Virtual Teams;Cultural Resistance;Conflict;Recruitment and Selection;Empowerment;Communication;Trust;Rewards and Recognition;Performance Appraisals;Training and Development;Work Team Reports;Collaborative Environments;Capability Engineering;CapDEM;Collaboration;Integrated Project Teams;Integrated Capability Engineering Teams;Capability Engineering Teams;PRICIE
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2004-225 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2004
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