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Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-04744-6
272 pages
December 2010, Jossey-Bass
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This book is filled with the concepts, ideas, and practical suggestions that are needed for any manager to have at hand if he or she is a member or creator of a committee, team, task-force, or any other activity involving collaboration among several people. The ideas are proven by several decades of experience and well-supported in the text with numerous examples.
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Table of Contents

Foreword (Edgar H. Schein).


The Authors.

Part One: The Four Cs of Team Development.

1 The Search for the High-Performing Team.

2 Context: Laying the Foundation for Team Success.

3 Composition: Getting the Right People on the Bus.

4 Competencies: Developing Team Skills for High Performance.

5 Change: Devising More Effective Ways of Working Together.

6 Bringing the Four Cs Together: Designing a Team-Building Program.

Part Two: Solving Specific Problems Through Team Building.

7 Managing Conflict in the Team.

8 Overcoming Unhealthy Agreement.

9 Reducing Conflict Between Teams.

Part Three: Team Building in Different Kinds of Teams.

10 Managing the Temporary Team.

11 High-Performing Virtual Teams.

12 Managing Interorganizational (Alliance) Teams.

Part Four: The Challenge of Team Building for the Future.

13 Challenges for Building Effective Teams.



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Author Information

William G. Dyer was the past dean of the Marriott School of Management and founder of the Department of Organizational Behavior at Brigham Young University. He passed away in 1997.

W. Gibb Dyer, Jr. is the O. Leslie Stone Professor of Entrepreneurship and the academic director of the Center for Economic Self-Reliance in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Jeffrey H. Dyer is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School, Brigham Young University, where he is the chair of the business strategy group.

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New to This Edition

The book book provides guidance in diagnosing team problems and then providing the reader with specific team building strategies to solve those problems. After reading this book, the reader will be able to:
  • Understand the basic theory and methods behind team building
  • Use the diagnostic surveys to identify the problems affecting their teams
  • Use specific team building strategies (role clarification, inter-team team building, etc.) to help solve the problems that his/her team is facing
  • Conduct team building in different situations
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