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During this week in management 300, I have been challenged to think about the real value of teams. In every course in management in particular they push the value and benefits of teamwork, but with little to no relative meaning. For example, they explain benefits through cultural differences and how conflict can be beneficial to idea generation, when the theories are null in void without putting them into practice. Through the use of Solo Mike, I have learnt the very practical value of teams, and how much easier the simulation would have been with a team of people making decisions about specific areas that they are interested in.

The idea of goal alignment (Katzenbach and Smith 1992) became a very important aspect of teamwork in my mind this week, after lectures and readings. When I think about it, it is the main purpose and function of a team, without a common goal, the team is never going to be successful (hence the importance of the C.V in the group formations). Whilst differences/conflict in a group are important to avoid the idea of ‘groupthink’, I think this comes out in the process to a common goal. I personally, decided to place myself in a highly competitive team, to increase my accountability in a team that has a highly level of interest in being successful. Lectures and experiences over this week have opened my eyes to the practical AND theoretical ideas around working within a team. With teams being used by a large number of organisations to improve their productivity and idea generation I think this knowledge is essential and a real gold mine to prepare me for the working world. Katzenbach and Smith, (1992), show us that more and more managers are using teams to compete with competitors in order to satisfy needs and wants of its consumers

This week theory, lectures and practice with Solo Mike have enlightened me into what I am in for, for the rest of the semester and hopefully prepares me for team work in the future.

 

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--2

2 Comments

  1. I enjoyed reading this journal and although I can't really see anything that needs to be improved on I will do my best to provide some constructive criticism. This is a very clear and concise reflection. I like how you related past theory about teamwork to the structure of this course. I agree with you that the experience will be beneficial for us in the future, particularly with teams being so prolific in the working world today. 

    To improve for next week, it would be good if you had more analysis of what experiences had opened your eyes to the practical and theoretical ideas about working in a team. I feel as if you slightly skimmed the surface and it would have rounded out your reflection if you could have applied the readings to a concrete example rather than alluding to experiences. I also feel like the journal could have been better edited, I suggest you read it aloud to yourself or have a friend read it to find any grammatical errors, but really these are only small things in an overall good piece of work. 

    I hope my comments help, good luck for the rest of the semester. 

  2. Chelsea,

    I found myself benefit a lot from what you wrote. Having your critical thinking, you connected your own experience with what you are learning, which is really an effective way of gaining new knowledge. Can’t agree with you more that MGMT 300, the team-based-learning paper really presents us the real value of teams instead of theoretical concepts.

     Same as the first reviewee, it is hard to tell what needs to be improved. The only thing that I might say is that probably try to read deep and then connect theories with your own experience more tightly and relevantly rather than being far-fetched.

    Admittedly, it is a really good piece of work. And I am sure you will benefit a lot from the rest of the semester’s team working!