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This booklet is designed principally to help people in organisations consider and prepare for the introduction of teamworking. It examines:

  • what is meant by the term 'teamworking'
  • why organisations move to teamworking
  • how to go about introducing teamworking
  • how to choose and develop teams
  • how to deal with problems associated with teamworking.

The booklet draws on the Acas Occasional Paper 54 Teamwork: key issues and developments. It is also influenced by Acas experience in the collaborative project 'Methods and Tools for Reinforcing and Developing Teamwork in Manufacturing' (TIM). The project was established in September 1992, with assistance from the Manufacturing, Organisation, People and Systems (MOPS) Programme of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. It involved a consortium consisting of The Tavistock Institute, The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), and six manufacturing companies. The full findings of the project are available in a book published by the Tavistock Institute (1).

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