Topic 1 Definition of Teamwork

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, “teamwork” is the activity of working together in a group with other people, especially when this is successful. Nieto-Rodriguez (2019) explains that high-performing teams are a combination of mutual trust and respect, comprehension between people with different backgrounds, and commitment to a common goal. For Kreitner (2002), teamwork effectiveness is measured by collective outcomes and leadership is a shared task.

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Tuckman’s team development model comprises 4 stages:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing.

Nieto-Rodriguez summarizes the checklist of a successful team in the following points:

  • knowing each other;
  • setting team goals;
  • setting expectations about behaviour and values;
  • setting primary purpose;
  • allocating responsibilities;
  • establishing a problem-solving policy;
  • taking joint decisions; resolving conflicts;
  • providing constant feedback.