Our conventional wisdom about teams is that factors internal to the team mostly determine how well they will operate. My LinkedIn Live guest, Professor Deborah Ancona from MIT, begs to differ. No matter how great the clarity of roles, alignment on deadlines or otherwise suitable a team’s internal structure is, it isn’t until they bring in the external environment that teams truly begin to perform at a high level. Some notes from our conversation follow.
Thanks Rita for highlighting some key aspects of the x-team framework that Henrik Bresman and I have developed with the help of many other researchers and practitioners. I hope that others find it useful.