Team Formation in Project Management Term Paper by Hans

A look at the process of team formation in relation to project management.
# 149861 | 1,810 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jan 04, 2012 in Business (Management) , Business (Marketing)

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This paper gives an overview of the process of team formation with specific reference to the process in the context of project management. The paper applies the well know model advocating the form, storm, norm, perform and adjourn model of team formation and disillusion in order to analyze the process in practice. Each of these individual aspects is discussed and analyzed independently. Then, this approach is compared to Lewin's three stage change model. The paper notes that the form, storm, norm and adjourn model represents a model of team formation which is as relevant to the project team as it is to any other team based activity. It concludes by noting, however, the special limitations of the project environment which may mean that the successful completion of a project relies on the ability of the group to quickly move through the form and storm stages so as to allow speedier movement to the more productive norm and perform stages.


Stages of Team Formation - Form, Storm, Norm, Perform and Adjourn
Projects and Teams as a Part of Change Management

From the Paper:

"The form stage of the project and team building may be seen in the coming together of the team in the first place. The formation stage may be seen as having a reference to be both hard and soft elements of the teams formation. The hard elements refer to the physical elements such as the people, resources and structures adopted for the duration of the project. On there other hand there are the initial behavioural consideration to consider which may be seen as relating to the soft elements of the process (Huczynski and Buchanan 2007).
"The form stage of team building is characterised by polite behaviour of members and uncertainty, as members have yet to either find their positions within the group. On the other hand the stage is too early for members to have begun to exert there true personalities on the team which comes at the next stage."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adair, J. 1979. Action cantered leadership. Gower Publishing.
  • Belbin, R, M. 1993. Team roles at work. Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Fitzsimmons, J, A, Fitzsimmons, M, J. 2008. Service management: Operations, strategy, information technology. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Handy, C. 1999. Understanding organizations. 4th ed. London: Penguin Books.
  • Huczynski, A, A, Buchanan, D, A. 2007. Organizational Behaviour. 6th ed. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall.

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