Navigating toward team success

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 18 July 2008




Jenewein, W. (2008), "Navigating toward team success", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 16 No. 5.



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Navigating toward team success

Article Type: From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 16, Issue 5

Jenewein W., Morhart F. Team Performance Management: An International Journal (UK), 2008, Vol. 14 No. 1-2, Start page: 102, No. of pages: 7

Purpose – Outlines a set of principles which enable companies and managers to effectively handle people as a resource and allow them to turn teams into high performance teams. Design/methodology/approach – The Alinghi sailing team’s approach to establishing and managing a high performance team was explored by means of an ethnographic case study. The development, organization and leadership principles of the team were subjected to intense scrutiny. This was done by interviewing the key players in the different areas (sailing crew, design team and management) at different stages, by observation of the group at work and video analyses. To substantiate the findings from interviews and observations, workshops with team members and experts were organized. Findings – The Swiss Alinghi sailing team was the undisputed winner of the famous America’s Cup in 2003 and managed to defend it successfully in July 2007 – against strong competition. The principles implemented by team founder Ernesto Bertarelli also offer a valuable model for managers. Originality/value – The study is a useful tool for companies and managers who wish to create and manage high performance teams. ISSN: 1352-7592 Reference: 37AF729

Keywords: Teamwork, Leadership

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