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Benefits of individual preparation for team success: planning for virtual team communication, conflict resolution and belonging

Sara Willox (Department of Integrated Business, College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Jennifer Morin (Department of Integrated Business, College of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Sandra Avila (University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)

Team Performance Management

ISSN: 1352-7592

Article publication date: 19 October 2022

Issue publication date: 9 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Team-based projects are being used at work in various industries and in education. This paper aims to share a training strategy that integrates training with casual games to effectively prepare individuals to perform better in team-based settings due to their acquisition of team skills combined with their knowledge of tools including a team charter, communication plan and conflict resolution plan.

Design/methodology/approach

A training module was developed, deployed and tested in a virtual classroom of an upper-level undergraduate business class to emulate real-world team experiences. In the study, 342 of the 631 participants enrolled chose to complete the optional training module, which included pre- and posttests followed by a perception survey. A quasi-experimental design was used to evaluate the impact of the training upon team skills including communication, conflict resolution and feelings of belonging.

Findings

The pre- and posttest results for trainees indicated a significant increase in team process and development knowledge, which included concepts such as communication, conflict resolution methods, roles, goal-setting and expectation-setting. Survey results indicated a correlation between completing the team training module and improved communication within teams, particularly for teams developing a communication plan in addition to a team charter and conflict resolution strategies.

Originality/value

This research contributes to the literature on preparing individuals for success in teams through training and education using interactive games, while equipping them with tools to contribute to favorable team dynamics and outcomes. The results are applicable to business, organizations and training settings that incorporate team-based projects in online, hybrid and face-to-face settings.

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Citation

Willox, S., Morin, J. and Avila, S. (2023), "Benefits of individual preparation for team success: planning for virtual team communication, conflict resolution and belonging", Team Performance Management, Vol. 29 No. 1/2, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/TPM-03-2022-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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