Self-Managing Team

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A self-managing team is increasingly popular in today's organizations. These teams are comprised of a smaller group of individuals who are responsible for managing themselves for the most part. Members of a true self-managing team make decisions on scheduling work, allocating tasks, training for job skills, evaluating performance, controlling quality of work, and are held accountable for their own results as a team. Self-managing team puts emphasis on respect, trust, truly, empowerment, and encouragement. And which is formed and re-formed and it is essentially permanent fixtures in the organization.

"Many organizations, for examples: Ford, General Motors, Proctor & Gamble, Federal Express, Levi Strauss, and Westinghouse, have implemented self-managed teams. Other firms are planning to use such teams in the near future." (Dumaine, 1994). "Part of the popularity of such teams is based on reports from organizations that suggest that serf-managed teams can increase performance, improve the quality of products, and increase levels of innovation."

(Hammer and Stanton, 1995; Harris, 1992). "At the same time, researchers have also become interested in self-managed teams because of the inferred connection between serf-management and organizational competitiveness." (Hackman, 1986; Walton, 1985).

B.Body1. How Self Managing Teams Function:There are many functions of self-managing teams. First, combine the attributes of formal and informal teams. Generally chartered by management, they often take on lives of their own as team members take responsibility for their day-to-day workings. In self-managing teams much of the responsibility and authority for making management decisions are turned over to a group of people who perform interdependently in order to accomplish an assigned task (Katzenbach, 1993).

Self-managing teams are often associated with terms describing high performance and autonomy. Self-managing teams, also called self-directed teams or empowered teams, are permanent and formal elements in the organizational structure. They replace the traditional workgroup headed by a supervisor.