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Designing Your Team for Effectiveness

Teams are a popular method of organizational problem solving. The very design of the team is often ignored in an effort to hastily put together a team of people who can achieve goals in the least amount of time and effort. However, the formation of the team, personalities contained within, and the background of members will have an unyielding influence on whether or not that team will succeed in its endeavors. Let us consider a problem a department is having in terms of making themselves more efficient and customer focused. The standard approach is to gather together the leadership team of the department and demand that they come up with new solutions. They will certain put their minds together and come up with a laundry list of solutions of which they have already said before. The problem is that we are not necessarily sure that this will lead to the "right" solution. The right solution is that which is comprehensive and streamlines processes while raising customer satisfa

The Performance Benefits of Online Global Management Education

artwork Murad Abel Global education is rising as students now work in varying countries and capacities not seen a few decades ago. Researchers Taras, et. al (2013) studied online international education have come to some conclusions about its success. They used experiential learning theory, social learning theory, and intergroup contact theory to effectively determine the success of virtual classrooms across borders. They evaluated the management education based upon reactions, learning, attitudes, behaviors, and performance. Their findings indicate that global online management has great potential.  Business schools are not yet meeting challenges to develop global managers at a sufficient level for businesses. Schools do offer some international education in terms of case studies, videos, and other possible indirect interactions with international students. These are not yet adequate to meeting modern challenges and online international groups may be more effective for hi

Improving on Teamwork by Understanding Your Weaknesses

Understanding the weaknesses employees have in their ability to engage effectively in team-work is beneficial in creating higher levels of organizational performance. As companies seek to develop new products and service the use of teams become important in putting to effective use the diversified skills. Certain weaknesses work in association with other weaknesses and can be used as a starting point to improvement. The use of work groups has become more common in modern times as a concept borrowed from Japanese manufacturers.   The ideal employee is often seen as that person who is capable of working effectively in groups (Guffey, 2000). It is through this group effort that individuals are capable of hedging their skills to create stronger results through mutual synergy.  The skills needed to be a strong group player can be elusive. Business leaders and employees alike can have difficulty understanding these concepts and defining them precisely enough to be of significa