A competitive team is more concerned with the success of its own unit than with the success of the organization as a whole. The may spend little time planning and focus instead on how they can win. As a result, they spend very little time assessing the other team’s needs and expectations for completing the work and working together. Competitive groups may display the following characteristics:

  • A tendency to be territorial.
  • A “we/they” attitude about other teams.
  • They demonstrate concern only with their own group and how they can win. A lack of concern regarding other groups and their needs is evident.
  • Evidence of more conflict than other types of teams. Competitive teams may have difficulty completing the project because they do not work well with others.

In the next several posts, we will describe Non-interactive and Cooperative teams, as well as the critical elements of effective team functioning.


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