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Empowering Teams: An Introduction

Swapna Gopalan (Author) Nasreen Taher (Author)
Synopsis In an environment marked by fast paced change, especially technological change, it is very difficult for a single leader to be able to know everything that is needed for decision-making. To remain competitive in such circumstances, it becomes necessary to draw on all of the organization's employee strengths and leadership abilities. It is no wonder then, that over the past two decades, most organizations are participants of an evolutionary shift from the traditional mode of leadership to a more participative leadership mode. Empowered teams, variously termed as Self-Managed Work Teams or Self-Directed Teams are those, where the team leader determines the overall purpose or goal of the team, while the team is at liberty to manage the methods by which to achieve that goal. Company experiences and research have shown that empowered teams can be more effective in making decisions quickly and efficiently rather than traditional hierarchical structured teams. Empowered teams also offer the most potential for innovation and motivation, providing opportunity for organizational learning and change. A sequel to The Power of Employee Empowerment edited by Sujata H Belgamkar and Veena Yamini B, this volume throws light on the growing relevance of the participative form of management in today's highly competitive business environment. It has been divided into two sections; the first section "Team Empowerment: Concepts", helps in understanding the concept of team empowerment better, while the second section titled "Team Empowerment: Applications and Cases" underlines its benefits by showcasing real case studies of companies that benefited from using team empowerment as a management tool. 
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About the authors

Swapna Gopalan

Swapna Gopalan holds an MBA in Finance from the Bangalore University. She is currently working as a Consulting Editor at the Icfai Research Centre, Bangalore. She is also a Visiting Faculty (Finance) at the Icfai Business School, Bangalore. She has been a regular contributor of articles and case studies to various publications of the Icfai University Press. Her other areas of interest include philosophy and spiritualism.

Nasreen Taher

Nasreen Taher holds a Masters degree in Business Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Print and Broadcast Journalism. Prior to joining Icfai, she was associated with various national dailies and a business magazine as an Editor. Several of her short stories have been published in women’s magazines, and a few of these have received meritorious recognition. She has written a large number of original articles and book reviews which have been featured in various publications. At present, as a consulting editor, she has been actively involved in research, and editing of publications at the Center for Business Research, Icfai Business School, Bangalore.

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Title Empowering Teams: An Introduction
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.10.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8131407071
length 212p.