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Teams, Interdependence, and Participative Management

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1. Give some examples of pooled interdependence, sequential interdependence, and reciprocal interdependence in groups. What are the various effects of interdependence teamwork and teamdesign?

2. Give some examples of tactical teams, problem-solving teams, and creative teams. What factors need to be in place to keep each type of team performance at a high level?

3. Conduct a research on some of the strategies following by organizations for encouraging participative managment in the workplace. Prepare a status report suitable examples about some organizations have implemented each of these strategies.

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1 - Pooled examples: college faculties (working independently in their own classrooms), different shifts of workers in a factory

Sequential examples: assembly lines, elementary school teachers (rely on the previous teachers to get students to a certain level)

Reciprocal examples: collaborative group projects in schools, a surgical team to separate conjoined twins

Interdependence affects team design and teamwork differently, depending on what type of interdependence exists. For pooled interdependence, various parts of the team do not need to work in a coordinated manner with each other, so long as they are following the guidelines set in place. For example, the night and day shift factory workers perform the same task as each other with a common goal - to produce a certain number of a product. They both need to work well to meet the goal, but they don't need to have a great deal of communication with each other (so long as all of the equipment is working properly). These teams should be made up of people who are able to focus on their task at hand, and don't need to be concerned with the performance of other group members. ...

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This discusses types of interdependence and types of teams, as well as factors that need to be in place for successful teams.