Strategic Management of Teams
John Wiley & Sons, 1996 M03 16 - 292 pages
STRATEGIC Management of TEAMS
"Those companies that learn the secrets of creating cross-functional teams are winning the battle for global market share and profits. Those that don't are losing out."—BusinessWeek
It's no secret that alternative teams are increasingly recognized as a highly effective means to improve quality and operational efficiency, decentralize authority, and motivate workers at every level of an organization. Less well understood, and rarely touched upon in the literature, is the fact that cross-functional teams are highly versatile strategic resources and key elements in the design and execution of strategic management initiatives.
In this book, noted author, scholar, and authority on team management, David Cleland, demonstrates that alternative, cross-functional teams are both critical to the management of change within an organization and building blocks in the design and execution of product/service and process strategy. He explores specific aspects of strategic team management and provides clear, concise recommendations on the design and implementation of team-based strategy.
Topics of particular interest include:
Strategic Management of Teams is must reading for managers in industry, government service, or any large organization that must adapt continually to technological, economic, and social change. It is also an indispensable resource for students in industrial engineering, technology management, and business administration who wish to enter the job market armed with the very latest in management skills.
This eye-opening book reveals the enormous potential of alternative, cross-functional teams as forces for change within an organization and as building blocks in the design and execution of competitive strategy. It gives managers the tools, techniques, and information they need to integrate teams into the overall strategic plan of the organization.
Author David Cleland looks at teams from the point of view of a manager who envisions using teams as strategic devices in dealing with change. He explains how to determine whether and which teams should be put in place and how to make the most of them. He explains:
The Concept and Process of Strategic Management
Getting the Organization Ready
Getting the Teams Ready
Teams and the Competitive Edge
Reengineering through Teams