Utilizing Team Member Expertise Under Pressure
GROUP COMMUNICATION: CASES FOR ANALYSIS, APPRECIATION AND APPLICATION, pp. 143-148, Laura W. Black, ed., Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2010
Posted: 17 Apr 2011
Date Written: October 1, 2010
Pressure intensifies on a strategy consulting team as they deliver a critical project, and the team manager faces a dilemma about her changing role on the team. Although she had been the key decision-maker in the early weeks of the project, Julia Narino now finds that her team increasingly discounts her deep client expertise while deferring to the senior partner’s more generalized contributions. Trouble arises because the client expects the team to deliver a highly customized solution that absolutely requires Julia’s expertise. This case presents an opportunity for students to analyze two prevailing aspects of organizational life: working in teams and working under pressure. This case also offers a platform for instructors to introduce the concept of threat rigidity to the class and explore some of the team behaviors that result from this condition.
Keywords: Performance pressure, threat rigidity, teams
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