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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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Why Should Organizations Have Teams?

Teams and teamwork are not novel concepts. In fact, teams and team thinking have been around for years at companies such as Procter & Gamble and Boeing. In the 1980s, the manufacturing and auto industries strongly embraced a new, team-oriented approach when U.S. firms retooled to combat Japanese competitors who were quickly gaining market share (Nahavandi & Aranda, 1994). During collaboration on the B-2 stealth bomber between the U.S. Air Force, Northrop, and some 4,000 subcontractors and suppliers in the early 1980s, various teams were employed to handle different parts of the project. “As new developments occurred or new problems were encountered during the program, the Air Force/Northrop team formed ad ...

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