Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small Teaming shows that organizations learn when the flexible, fluid. SHARED SERVICES SUMMIT. Amy C. Edmondson | Novartis Professor of Leadership & Management | Harvard Business School. TEAM UP FAIL WELL LEARN. What does it mean to be part of a team – and what is required to make it a success? That’s what Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of.

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As well as bringing their own skills to the table, the employee has the opportunity to learn from their colleagues. As Edmondson recommends, coaching is key: Both perspectives worked well in guiding the design and management of effective teams, at least in contexts where managers had the lead-time and the run-time to invest in composing stable, well-designed teams.

In today’s complex and volatile business environment, corporations and organizations also win or lose by creating wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts. But how organizations learn is not as well understood. Further Information Cookie Policy. In the following excerpt, Edmondson describes the concept of teaming and explains its importance to today’s corporate environment.

Teaming is teamwork on the fly. Psychological safety is the key to building a high performing team.

Teaming, she says, is essential to organizational learning. Job Characteristics Model William Kahn: They must make the small adjustments through which different skills and knowledge are woven together into timely products and services. Instead, people need to develop and use new capabilities for sharing crucial knowledge quickly.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter. Log in Start Free Trial. We share some of this information with third parties who may combine it with other information that you have provided to them or that they have collected from your use of their services. Managers need to stop thinking of teams as static groups of individuals who have ample time to practice interacting successfully and efficiently, says Amy Edmondson in her new book, Teaming: Often, organisations practise multi-teaming, which is simply when one employee is engaged in more than one team project.


The pace of change and the fluidity of most work structures means that it’s not really about creating effective teams anymore, but instead about leading effective teaming.

This chapter aims to deepen your understanding of why teaming and the behaviors teaimng requires are so crucial for organizational success in today’s environment. Read our latest product announcements Learn more. Professor Amy Edmondson maintains that managers should think in terms of “teaming”—actively building and developing teams even as a project is in process, while realizing that a team’s composition may change at any given moment.

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Team leaders should model this behaviour. Edmondson is the Novartis Professorof Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, where she teaches coursesin leadership, organizational learning, andoperations management in edmondsin MBA andExecutive Education programs.

According to this influential perspective, well-designed teams are those with clear goals, well-designed tasks that are conducive to teamwork, team members with the right skills and experiences for the task, adequate resources, and access to coaching and support.

It is largely determined by the mindset and practices of teamwork, not by the design and structures of effective teams. Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems, and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of learning challenges today’s companies face.

For example, digital technology giant SAP has over 30, employees across 60 countries. Based on years of research, this book shows how leaders can edmoneson organizational learning happen by building teams that learn.


So, how does Teaming actually help to create an engaged workforce? Why should managers care about teaming? This is an efficient way to manage resources and can help to develop skills and relationships across departments. When we make a conscious effort to develop the three Teaming behaviours, we should benefit from a sharp increase in both motivation and productivity levels. Members of these teams learn how to interact.

The Importance of Teaming – HBS Working Knowledge – Harvard Business School

The use of short-lived, agile teams has become popular among large, innovative organisations and global businesses. Inter-disciplinary teams are established, including multi-organisational ones, bringing together wide-ranging talents and broader outlooks. Employee Engagement Alan Sax: Learn and grow with Peakon Join 10, other edmindson leaders who receive our latest posts by email.

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The Importance of Teaming

In her work Teaming: Edmondson and Harvey cite a case where Coca-Cola, the Inter-American Development Bank, TechnoServe and agricultural, logistics and marketing specialists worked together to improve business practices among Haitian mango farmers. Amy Edmondson shows that organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the small groups within those organizations work.

Another variation is cross-boundary Teaming. But what does […]. But there usually isn’t time to build a foundation of familiarity through the careful sharing of personal history and prior experience, or the development of shared experiences through practice working together. An organization cannot engage in a learning process in any meaningful sense—not in the way an individual can.