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Team work continues to be a highly prized element of successful organizations. The emphasis of worldwide teaming, and the complexities of managing and leading in a global context, together with the everyday concepts of tasking, vision, leadership and management within teams continues to be a savory topic for those organizational executives who wish to pursue excellence through people.
The journal contributors offer new perspectives on topics expressed as areas of interest by our readership. The following is our line-up in this issue of the journal:
“The lack of skills: an obstacle in teamwork” by Liisa Huusko. Huusko explores the implications of appropriate skill sets in successful teams.
“Team-building webs” by D. Keith Denton. Denton explores the utilization of the intranet to build teams. This is a developing and important contribution to teaming research.
“The challenges of managing cross-cultural virtual project teams” by Margaret Oertig and Thomas Buergi. The authors offer a conversation on building cross-cultural virtual project teams. Once again, this is an important conversation, given the nature of virtual teaming occurring in organizations today.
“The ‘silo-virus’: diagnosing and curing departmental groupthink” by Peter Schütz and Brian Bloch. Schütz and Bloch discuss the aged-old problem of organizational fragmentation, and present a conversation which helps us to evaluate how to eliminate this organization problem which suboptimizes organizational performance.
“Managing complex team interventions” by Robert Barner. Barner offers us a conversation in the building literature of teaming interventions. These refreshing insights will add to your understanding of teaming and the complexities of planning a good intervention.
We have added a new practitioner contribution to the journal called “A case of success … ”. You will find our first one at the end of this issue. Check out a first hand experience of teaming issues by authors “who have been there”, and share their wisdom and experience. These short and pithy contributions make a good addition to the journal, and to the readers who are interested in creating better teaming results in their organizations. Our very first contributor and the topic of the first “success story” is as follows: “PAL in action: a company’s OL experience” by K.B. Chuah and Kris M.Y. Law
To the many readers of TPMJ we send our best wishes from the journal to you for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Linda Suzanne Wing