TEAM BUILDING DYNAMICS: AN APPLICATION TO MBA STUDENTS
, R. Sanchis
, R. Poler
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Centro de Investigación en Gestión e Ingeniería de la Producción (SPAIN)
The objective of the paper is to introduce different methodologies for teaching management of high performance teams. A set of methodologies for application of team building dynamics are presented in order to be employed in practical sessions of classes devoted to MBA students.
The identified team building dynamics are introduced in the paper; moreover, an application example of each dynamic is proposed:
Creation of a mosaic made of Post-its, in a time limit, with a commitment by each participant to create a logo for a company, an image of a key product, etc.
- Mecano, Formula 1
The class is divided into teams; each team will receive the same amount of resources and is committed to achieve the same objective: to be the most profitable team in order to reach several challenges.
Each team will have only 1 marshmallow, 1m of string and adhesive tape, scissors, spaghetti and 18 minutes to raise the marshmallow as high as possible, so that the formed tower can be hold.
Workshop based on legos with 3 main themes: Planning, Communication and Teamwork
- Film Festival
The group will be divided into film studios, each of which will create a short 1 minute
- Apollo 13
A workshop that combines basic tips to improve performance and achieve success. The groups formed within the class have to achieve a teamwork vision, as a tool for achieving goals.
The paper proposes for each dynamic: the timeline, the resources, the organisation, the group size, etc. required to carry out the activity within the practical sessions.
The recommended dynamics will allow future managers (current MBA students) learning different methodologies to manage, motivate, inspire, prompt and challenge workers in an enterprise or in a public organisation. Team building dynamics will serve as a mechanism to deal with leadership and teamwork, motivation of the collaborators and conflict resolution.