• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

This report aims to investigate the factors that make a team successful within a business. The business that I am going to be writing about is BMW.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Introduction This report aims to investigate the factors that make a team successful within a business. The business that I am going to be writing about is BMW. BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) is a leading independent German manufacturer of cars and motorcycles. BMW was formed in 1913 after the merger of two small aero engine makers, Karl Rapp and Gustavo Otto. However, it was three other men (Josef Popp, Max Friz and Camillo Castiglioni) that made the company public in 1922 to form BMW AG. BMW is also the parent company of world-renowned cars, MINI and Rolls Royce. BMW is renowned for its sporty, sophisticated & luxury image which has been built up since the 1970's with many motor sport victories ranging from Touring Car to Formula 1. The products produced by BMW are prestigious, high performance, technologically advanced automobiles. These start from mid-range cars up to the most prestigious and luxurious. The present models are: ? BMW 3 Series - Saloon, Coupe, Convertible, Touring, Compact ? BMW 5 Series - Saloon, Touring ? BMW 7 Series - Saloon ? BMW Z3 - Roadster ? BMW Z4 - Roadster ? ...read more.

Middle

Quality circles - they work together to resolve any issues or problems within the workforce Virtual teams - they communicate on behalf of the workforce through the Internet. Before they had self-managing teams, BMW have a system that was very rigid and less opinionated. The case study tells us that this caused "disputes that seemed to occur every week" and "workers viewed themselves apart from the management". It also tells us in the case study that it caused discontent, which created "misunderstanding, communication problems, poor productivity and a reluctance to change". The workers at BMW also worked under a hierarchical system. As the case study tells us, BMW worked under a "traditional 'production line format'", where they had to take orders on what needed to be done and did not have a chance to express their thoughts on certain issues. Now, they have revolutionised the workforce and changed the programme "to a team based approach" where "cell production has replaced the production line and the emphasis at Cowley is based on self managing teams". The use of teams in BMW is very efficient and helps to achieve strategic aims and objectives. ...read more.

Conclusion

To deal with complex tasks - there are always going to be difficult tasks ahead when working in a team. Difficult tasks arise but if a team works on it together, a complex task can be broken down into a much easier task where everyone can cope with parts of the task delegated to them with effect. The case study tells us that by dealing with complex tasks, the workers in BMW are now perceived as "less divided and more cohesive". By dealing with complex tasks, they are meeting the strategic aims of following a clear strategy and recognising where their strengths lie. More ideas - ideas tend to come forth once people work together. If there are more ideas within a team, they are put into effect and eventually, end up in more productivity. More ideas bring more opinions. The case study tells us that BMW "has put into practice over 8000 ideas from its staff, saved �6.3million over the past year as a result and seen production targets exceeded by nearly two thirds". So if ideas are brought forward, it allows teams to figure out a way to save money and meet targets. By doing this, they are meeting the strategic aim of identifying potential and encouraging growth. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Osodi Unit 22: Managing Teams 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Case Studies and Analysis section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Case Studies and Analysis essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Richer Sounds. Analysis of structure, job roles, personal attributes and team working.

    3 star(s)

    purchasing activities and merchandising department also control the marketing area and POS (point of sale). By looking at this all information of Richer Sounds Organisation Chart, tells that it has many levels. It shows that Richer Sound is a large organisation and has more levels than Betta Value Store.

  2. NHS change management

    Example at the point where majority of the change is taking place in ending the old, managers need to focus on driving communication and training and creating a sense of commitment. While when majority of the plots lie in the neutral zone, which is characterized by uncertainty and vulnerability, the

  1. How external factors can affect the ability of Tesco achieving its aims and objectives

    As Tesco Monaghan's products are slightly higher quality than competitors they are also slightly higher priced. But when customers have the extra money they don't mind spending it if they are getting a better product. So therefore Tesco Monaghan would be the choice of many with increased disposable income.

  2. btec business unit 3

    Sales promotions aimed at the consumer are often communicated at the point-of-sale (e.g. via in-store displays or on-package mentions), conveying a "BUY ME NOW!" message. Other sales promotion tools include premiums, discounts, coupons, cash rebates, "free" goods, specialty advertising, and demonstrations.

  1. Unit 9: Marketing Strategy

    60% Sutton-on-Sea 13% Mablethorpe 7% Withern 7% Alford 7% Louth 7% Horncastle Here, it appears that the percentages listed above equal 101%, however this is only due to rounding errors. Most people answering my questionnaire lived in Sutton-on-Sea, this can be for two reasons, one is that I attempted to

  2. Tesco's Aims - SMART and PESTLE analysis.

    to be able to run the support functions for the valued customers. This is because Tesco?s ?most important asset? is their people, as they provide the best quality support for customers all over. SMART Objective : Introduce one experienced leader in each department (food,hardware etc.)

  1. Unit 4 P1 explain different types of business information, their sources and purposes

    obtain financial information is through deducting the cost by the profit in order to find out the operating costs and the revenue. It will also be used to set budgets. Analyse sales, and also predict profits Human resources: The way that Tesco PLC finds out the human resources that they

  2. The aim of this report is to explore the organizational structure and culture and ...

    We discover Samsung - the big one. ?Through innovative, reliable products and services; talented people; a responsible approach to business and global citizenship; and collaboration with our partners and customers, Samsung is taking the world in imaginative new directions.?. Organizational structure Learning about Organizational structure, we can improve ability to organize.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work