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

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Relationships: How Do Team Members Socialize Each Other?

Someone could get the idea from reading this chapter that teams are built from scratch and that, once built, the manager's work is largely done. This assertion, of course, is false. Teams are not built from scratch; instead, a member or two is added to a team that is changing its direction; members leave teams for natural (and other) reasons. In short, members of teams are continuously entering and exiting; as a consequence, the team itself is constantly forming and reconfiguring itself. Group socialization is the process of how individuals enter into and then (at some point) leave teams. The process is disruptive, to be sure, yet it need not be traumatic or ill-advised.

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