Of Blindfolds and Teamwork (Otmar Varela Commentary)

by Otmar Varela  on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 12:00 am  

Otmar Varela

And finally, the task is highly interdependent. It is more difficult to reach the goal individually than it is when working in teams.

Implementing these conditions might imply radical changes in organizations’ structures and management systems. And although some companies are moving in this direction, recreating all conditions is not necessarily what I am advocating here.

If teamwork is a real necessity, a balance between current practices and the incentives above must be explored. Our blindfolded MBA students teach us that, under the right conditions, teamwork will genuinely emerge.

Otmar Varela is an assistant professor of management at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.



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