Teamwork, Reinvented

Teamwork, Reinvented

Productive teams make for successful new products and flourishing companies. Structure your teams and your approach to teamwork to ensure that your teams perform at their best. Get three of the most read and discussed articles from MIT SMR's leading teams archive.

Articles included with this collection:

The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams
By Deborah Ancona, Henrik Bresman and Katrin Kaeufer

How to Lead a Self-Managing Team
By Vanessa Urch Druskat and Jane V. Wheeler

How to Manage Virtual Teams
By Frank Siebdrat, Martin Hoegl and Holger Ernst

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The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams

Traditional teams are not faring well in today business environment because they are too inwardly focused and lack flexibility. The authors detail the high levels of performance of a new, externally focused team, the X-team and outline the five components of X-teams they have studied.

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How to Lead a Self-Managing Team

Teams that are basically left to run themselves can be highly efficient and productive. To be successful, though, such autonomous groups require a specific type of external leadership.

Courtesy of SAP.

How to Manage Virtual Teams

Based on an investigation of the performance of 80 software development projects with varying levels of dispersion — members in different cities, countries or continents — this article asserts that virtual teams offer tremendous opportunities despite their greater managerial challenges. In fact, dispersed teams outperformed their colocated counterparts when they had the appropriate processes in place. Those processes can be classified in two categories: task-related and socio-emotional.