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Stories by Lynda Gratton and Tamara J Erickson

How to build collaborative teams

When tackling a major initiative like an acquisition or an overhaul of information technology systems, companies rely on large, diverse teams of highly-educated specialists to get the job done. These teams often are convened quickly to meet an urgent need and work together virtually, collaborating online and sometimes over long distances.
Appointing such a team is frequently the only way to assemble the knowledge and breadth required to pull off many of the complex tasks businesses face today. When the BBC covers the World Cup or the Olympics, for instance, it gathers a large team of researchers, writers, producers, cameramen and technicians; many of whom have not met before the project. These specialists work together under the high pressure of a “no retake” environment, with just one chance to record the action.

Written by Lynda Gratton and Tamara J Erickson02 Dec. 07 22:00