The paper "Teamwork in a Business Environment" is an outstanding example of a business annotated bibliography. Teamwork is an inevitable practise in most organizations. An organization comprises several factors, which affects its operations; such factors can be either internal or external factors. Internal factors refer to those factors, which the management has control over while external factors refer to those factors in which the management has absolutely no influence. In aligning the business to the internal and external factors, it is paramount that the management organizes the employees into groups so that they are in a position to improve their individual performance and the overall productivity of the organization.
The subsequent paragraphs put into perspective various journal articles touching on teamwork within a business environment. Article 1: The Importance of Teamwork, Continuous Top Management Support and Training in Bringing About TQMThis article was chosen as it shows the link between a TQM environment and teamwork. The authors show how teamwork in an organization can offer an organization a competitive edge in the market through quality products and services as well as increased levels of customer satisfaction. From this article, I have learned that, in order to make the teams more effective, it is important that the employees are taken through training, which allows them to employ individual performance and excellence in improving efficiency and productivity of the group.
The article has helped me understand that an organization that is committed to total quality management must ensure that it provides cohesive groups, which are dedicated to the attainment of its strategic goals. Parumasur and Govender (2013) state that there are several measures, which can be employed to empower teamwork.
The first measures are through proper remuneration. When members of a group are well remunerated, they feel motivated and work effectively within the group. The other factor that promotes group cohesiveness is making the group all-inclusive and objective, which ensures that the members within the group are committed to doing their work without being distracted by any outside forces. I have also learned that the major factor undermining group work is the structure of the organization.
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