our history people have always combined their efforts and
imaginations to achieve their shared goal. We’ve always
understood the value of teamwork.
But do we really understand what teamwork is? When we work
together are we really combining as a team? What constitutes
teamwork and why is it so important in human society?
Researchers at Aston Business School, part of Aston University,
in the West Midlands, at the heart of the UK, are conducting
research into Team Working – trying to understand how groups
of people can work effectively together in modern organisations to
achieve the tasks that organisations need them to do, whether
it’s drilling on oil and gas rigs in the North Sea or
carrying out surgery in hospitals. They’re trying to
establish how we can get people to work together in the most
efficient and productive way.
As society develops it throws up increasingly complex structures
and organisations, making team working ever more valuable. Trying
to co-ordinate the activities of individuals in large organisations
is time consuming and inefficient – team based organisations
respond quickly to change and can work faster and more
The research from Aston Business School is showing that this
need to build diverse teams is essential to our modern way of life.
If we can create teams that are diverse, and learn the skills of
good team working, the improvements to our society are immediately
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- Sports teams in action (football & netball
- Fire crew on training exercise
- UNHCR relief teams in Kosovo
- Professor Michael West, Head of Research & Professor of
Organisational Psychology, Aston Business School