Enhancing Collaboration and Teamwork in Your Unit

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The following article is shared via the Office of Planning and Institutional Asssessment at University Park as part of its Innovation Insights series.

Innovation Insights #2: Enhancing Collaboration and Teamwork

At Penn State, a collaborative team environment is characterized by values and beliefs that support the principles of continuous quality improvement (CQI). It includes participative decision-making, collaboration, and continuous learning. Members share a common vision and respect for one another. Staff are organized and/or organize themselves in formal and informal, temporary, or longer-term teams. This may include work teams, problem-solving teams, centers of excellence, research teams, and crossfunctional teams. (Page 1)

The article highlights these main areas:

  • Potential Benefits of Teams
  • One Model: Office of Student Aid
  • How to Get Started in Team Development
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