Enhancing Collaboration and Teamwork in Your Unit


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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