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Navigating toward Team Success

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abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to outline a set of principles which enable companies and managers to effectively handle people as a resource and allow them to turn teams into high performance teams.

Design/methodology/approach – The Alinghi sailing team's approach to establishing and managing a high performance team was explored by means of an ethnographic case study. The development, organization and leadership principles of the team were subjected to intense scrutiny. This was done by interviewing the key players in the different areas (sailing crew, design team and management) at different stages, by observation of the group at work and video analyses. To substantiate the findings from interviews and observations, workshops with team members and experts were organized.

Findings – The Swiss Alinghi sailing team was the undisputed winner of the famous America's Cup in 2003 and managed to defend it successfully in July 2007 – against strong competition. The principles implemented by team founder Ernesto Bertarelli also offer a valuable model for managers.

Originality/value – The study is a useful tool for companies and managers who wish to create and manage high performance teams.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
language Deutsch
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-3-2008
journal Team Performance Management
publisher Emerald (Bingley)
ISSN 1352-7592
DOI 10.1108/13527590810860230
volume of journal 14
number of issue 1/2
page(s) 102-108
review not reviewed
   
citation Jenewein, W., & Morhart, F. (2008). Navigating toward Team Success. Team Performance Management, 14(1/2), 102-108, DOI:10.1108/13527590810860230.