Topic 2 Types of Teams

  1. Self-managed Team

A group of people who work jointly towards a common goal. The team leader is also a team player. According to Decker, this “team is more goal-oriented, and as team members get a chance to learn from other team members, their participation and cooperation is improved”.

  1. Problem-solving Team

Problem-solving teams have innovative ideas, are flexible, and deeply committed to their causes.

  1. Virtual Team

Virtual teams are teams working from a distance using technology (e.g., internet) to communicate. They can be really effective but might lack in direct communication.

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  1. Cross-functional Team

According to Decker, a cross-functional team can either be “a company’s primary form of organizational structure or can exist independently”. The particularity of this team is that each member is an expert in a different area. Decker notes that cross-functional teams “offer technical or professional excellence”.

  1. Leadership Team

A team where a group of people is the leader. Decker explains that the group benefits from each member’s qualities and diversity. He also underlines that in this type of team, “personality conflicts” are possible.

  1. Self-directed Team

Self-directed teams are very confident and autonomous. Their members can take decisions individually and coordinate themselves.

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  1. Traditional Team

In this type of team, the leader has, according to Decker, “the ultimate power and authority”. Its members are very disciplined but, on the other hand, cannot be autonomous.

  1. Informal Team

According to Decker, informal teams “evolve out of the formal organization due to the common needs or interest of individuals”. Communication and understanding levels are high in that type of team, as its members share the same ideas and interests.