Team Building Exercise
The Effect Team Building Interventions Have on the Corporate Sector
A dissertation submitted by Ian Harnett in partial completion of the award for BSC (HONS) Sport Development and Coaching Sciences.
Chaper FIVE - Discussion
1) Discussion of Background Question
"How would you define the term Teambuilding?"
The qualitative research has shown that no two interviewees have the same definition of team building.
Team building as a concept is relatively broad as displayed in the interviews and by authors such as Trent (2003) and Wisner and Feist (2001) who have widely dissimilar views on the definition of team building.
All of the interviewees gave brief definitions that touch on the edge of team building concepts. None of them specifically defined what team building is.
Katzenbach and Smith (1993) state that teams have a set of goals and should be accountable for their actions.
They bring in concepts needed to achieve this. These explore greater depths of the definition of team building, bringing in concepts of responsibilities, accountability for actions and therefore demanding the traits that the interviewees stated, such as cohesion, communication and morale.
These concepts must be present for team building to be satisfactorily achieved.
This definition assumes teams should hold responsibility for their actions, a view that none of the other authors mentioned within their definitions but surely an issue necessary for team development.