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This is the third volume in the series of workshop proceedings for the then Sport and Exercise Psychology Section.
The subject of How Teams Work is particularly topical because working in teams is now often recommended as a means of improving effectiveness in all kinds of organisation (e.g. the Post Office), where we are told that strikes in Britain have occurred largely because of the attempted introduction of teamwork while in the USA similar long-standing attempts have been recognised as unsuccessful and are being given up.
Although this volume deals mainly with teamwork as applied to sport and exercise, where there is a strong tradition of structure and function, its relevance is much broader and illustrates what teams can and cannot achieve. Theoretical models of team behaviour are discussed and exploited, and ways and means of creating successful teams are described with real life samples.
The workshop was particularly notable for excellent and lively discussion in which members from BASES played a prominent role.
List of Contributors
Theoretical models of team behaviour
Chicken or egg? In search of the elusive cohesion-performance relationship
Explaining performance variation in team sport: Evidence of the value of assessing collective efficacy.
Social facilitation and individual performance - An investigation of darts players
Linda Duffy, Hannah Steinberg, Elizabeth Sykes and Alison Dewey
Team goal setting in Rugby Union football: A nominal group technique
Barry Cripps and Greg Cann
Role conflict in sports team management
Phil Moore and David Collins
Physical challenge and the development of conflict management skills
Veronica Burke and David Collins
Applied interventions for improving team effectiveness
Geoff Lovell and David Collins