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Building Collaborative Teams

Please read the attachment and help me explain in a 4-5 pages in which you will answer the following questions:

1.Describe the four traits that the authors describe as crucial to teams but also undermine them.

2.The authors describe eight practices that appear to help teams overcome the difficulties that were posed by the four traits that you've discussed in the first task above. What these practices are?

3.If as a manager, you had to chose four practices from that list to overcome difficulties you identified in your organization, what would you choose and why? In your analysis, describe your organization (or any other organization you would like to focus on, the challenges that it is facing (based on any or all of the four traits), and the four solutions you propose (based on the eight that are described in the article).


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1.Describe the four traits that the authors describe as crucial to teams but also undermine them.

The four traits that the authors describe as crucial to teams are large size, virtual participation, diversity, and high educational levels.
The first trait of teams described is large size. Large size means the team members are more than 20. The size of the teams often becomes as large as 100. The teams have become large because there is a need to involve a large number of stakeholders in the team. For example, a team may have employees, investors' representatives, suppliers, and managers. Next, the coordination of the diverse set of activities is required. For example, a project may require active coordination of the finance department, marketing department, and operations. Finally, a team requires a diverse set of skill and abilities. A team may require research experts, sales experts, and product development experts. These are the factors that have increased the sizes of the teams. However, research done by the author says that if the teams become larger than 20 members the level of cooperation and collaboration among the members declines. The very purpose of including certain stakeholder groups gets defeated if assistance is not received from the relevant persons.
The second trait is virtual participation. This means that team members are located at different geographical locations at work at a distance from one another. The main reason for virtual teams is that the knowledge and expertise of several individuals can be accessed by the team. For example, one scientist is located in Toronto, one researcher is located in Seattle, a production expert is located in Ireland, and the business manager is working in his office in Minnesota. Each of these persons should be included in the team. ...

Solution Summary

Improving team synergy and effectiveness is explained in a structured manner in this response. The answer includes references used.