Essays on The Factors Affecting Team Performance in the Technical Committees of the Saudi Standards Research Proposal

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The paper "The Factors Affecting Team Performance in the Technical Committees of the Saudi Standards" is a great example of a management research proposal.   The following is a research project proposal to produce a dissertation towards an MSc in Strategic Quality Management. A brief background of the selected organisation and the previous researches are presented first, followed by the scope, aim and objectives of the proposed research. The research philosophy, approach and strategy are presented next, with careful consideration of the available research methodology, the validity of the research and possible alternatives in methodology (Saunders, Lewis & Thornhill, 2009, p. 41; Westover & Taylor, 2010, p.

814). Finally, the research sample selection process, data collection and analysis, assumptions, and value of the research, possible difficulties and limitations to the research are discussed. Dissertation Title: The Factors Affecting Team Performance in the Technical Committees of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) Background Context: The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organisation (SASO) were founded by Royal Decree in April 1972 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Commerce and Industry. SASO develops and enforces standards of quality, metrology and conformity in all commodities produced or imported by the nation, with the primary objective of providing consumer protection and co-ordinating metrology and quality standards with the country’ s regional and trade partners (SASO, 2011).

As an agency whose critical mission is to develop and maintain quality and metrology standards, SASO’ s processes must meet high standards and likewise be expected to generate revenue and shareholder value. Any concepts that can improve the management, efficiency, quality of output and performance of the organisation are of great practical value. Previous Researches: The overall objective of this research and of the technical committees in SASO itself is to find ways to continuously improve the organisation’ s output.

One tool that can help is the identification of critical success factors (CSFs) and their opposite, obstacles to the process of continuous improvement (CI). However, CSFs and CI processes are significantly different for the public- and private-sector enterprises, so proper identification of the applicable factors is critical to finding effective improvement techniques (Fryer, Anthony & Douglas, 2007, pp. 506-508). One significant area of interest to this research is the fundamental and theoretical bases for team formation, coherence and control.

One theory that appears to contribute significantly is the viable systems theory of autonomous social communities, wherein a particular political climate or set of conditions establishes social coherence in a group (Yolles, 2005, pp. 617-618). The mandate of SASO may represent a political framework that enables teams to function as units. The basis for team coherence is important because there is evidence that long-term orientations and goals among diverse team members can negatively affect the long-term orientation and goals of the team overall (Yu & Cable, 2011, p.

63). The organisational framework of SASO’ s technical committees represents a form of post-bureaucratic or network-shaped organisation, in which individuals are at least partly responsible for setting their own professional and personal boundaries in order to interact with other team members (Maravelias, 2003, p. 547 & 2007, p. 555). This research will explore in-depth how team members regard their places within their teams in terms of control and freedom because there is some evidence that too much individual empowerment can be detrimental to team performance since it is intimately correlated with achievement obligations (Chan, Ng & Casimir, 2010, p.

531).

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