Shahnawaz Mann                Unit 19 – Exploring team development

Task 1 (P1):

Discuss and compare the different types of team and the benefits of different teams for different objectives


The organisation that I will be talking about is Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal Football Club is a professional football team in the premier division of the English Football League which is run by the Football Association. Arsenal Football Club is an informal and formal team. They are formal on the pitch because they have to respect each other as well as the referee. Off the pitch Arsenal Football Club are an informal team this is shown by the way the players communicate with each other; be it verbal or non-verbal. Another Way that it is apparent that Arsenal Football Club is an informal team is by their use of body language towards each other.

The size of Arsenal Football Club is large as there is more than one team because there is the backroom staff team, coaching team and the team of footballers who play week in-week out. The interesting factor about Arsenal Football Club is that without one of these three teams the others won’t function properly, so in order to keep the balance all three teams have to work together with each other to make sure that their aims and targets are met.


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Types of Teams & Benefits of Working in Teams

There are many different types of teams. My personal definition of the phrase team-work is working in a group to contribute ideas and thought; and then working together to follow up these ideas. It could also mean supporting one another in a group.

Group dynamics is the study of groups, and also a general term for group processes. Relevant to the fields of communication studies, a group is two or more individuals who are connected to each other by social relationships. Because they interact and influence each other, groups develop a number of dynamic processes that separate them from a random collection of individuals. These processes include roles, relations, development, need to belong, social influence, and effects on behaviour. The field of group dynamics is primarily concerned with small group behaviour.

Other types of teams include:

  • Task Force - a temporary team assembled to investigate a specific issue or problem
  • Problem Solving Team - a temporary team assembled to solve a specific problem.
  • Product Design Team - a temporary team assembled to design a new product or service.
  • Committee - a temporary or permanent group of people assembled to act upon some matter.
  • Work Group - a permanent group of workers who receive direction from a designated leader.
  • Work Team - an ongoing group of workers who share a common mission who collectively manage their own affairs within predetermined boundaries. 
  • Quality Circle - a group of workers from the same functional area who meet regularly to uncover and solve work-related problems and seek work improvement opportunities.

I will now state each type of team whilst listing their advantages and disadvantages.

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Contribution to Organisational Productivity

My chosen organisations goals are to win as many games in the season as they can, to win silverware each year and to beat all rivals. The way that this becomes possible each year is by the team working together to achieve these goals. Each of my chosen teams within the organisation has to do their specified jobs otherwise the goals aren’t achieved. Because the teams have been together for such a long time, they have developed a familiarity with the roles of each other and so often they are able to stand in for ...

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