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Chapter 8. The collaboration model

8.3      The collaboration model

8.3.1        Complexity in Synergy

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 All the analysis of the research refers to the environment built by the simulator, an environment with growing complexity in time that means the first of the axis of the model. To the effects of the study we define complexity as the result of higher and higher levels of interrelation and interdependence.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The interrelation refers to the series of interactions that occur between the team members and that evolve dynamically and stably in time.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The interdependence refers to the series of action initiatives that build the relations of dependence responsible for the achieving a determined common result.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The interrelation and the interdependency are very near to the classical ordinations around the person/relation and the task/function. Some research in social psychology has been focused on the effectiveness of teams, showing that it not only depends of the ability of the team of interdependently and effectively working together, but also on the personal relation and on the level of satisfaction of its members (Hackman cited by Owens, Mannix & Neale, 1998).

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 A functional vision of the teams indicates that a high level of effectiveness is the result of a variety of functions oriented to the task, together with other relations.  Regarding the first, the teams should cover technical capacities, knowledge, expertise and ability.  Regarding the second, the internal behaviours would refer to team values and behaviour rules (capacity for working together, communication and resolution of differences and handling conflicts between others). In turn the external behaviour refers to the establishing of limits and to the access to external information and resources (Owens, Mannix, & Neale, 1998).

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