Importance of Team Building in Workplace Discussion

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Team Building

Teamwork is ubiquitous in the work world today. Teams work together both face-to-face and around the world as technology provides more and more opportunities for distance collaboration. The intricacies of forming effective working teams can be daunting because the stakes are often very high. Much time, effort, and other resources can be wasted if a team is not cohesive, communicative, motivated, accountable, and goal-oriented. When the project to be tackled is important and costly, as is often the case in health care, failure can be devastating to an organization, both in terms of outcomes and morale.

Health care administrators work in an environment that is particularly impacted by interprofessional efforts. Building an effective work team requires a great deal of insight, attention, and skill. For this Assignment, examine the following scenario and focus on effectively selecting team members, concepts of team management, and principles of team dynamics.

Scenario: You are the newly appointed chief operating officer for Thomason Health System (THS), a large health care delivery system that will be acquiring and implementing a new information technology system: “Electronic Medical Records” (EMRs). The organization has many and differing opinions about EMRs, but the CEO and the board of directors want you to establish an onboarding team that will help facilitate the organization-wide adoption of this new technology. Your main responsibility is to identify five team members from a short list of candidates and facilitate the launch of an effective team through conflict resolution and team building. This team will present a unified message and facilitate cultural change within the greater organization.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


Borkowski, N. (2016). Organizational behavior, theory, and design in health care (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

  • Chapter 15, “Overview of Group Dynamics”
  • Chapter 16, “Groups”
  • Chapter 17, “Work Teams and Team Building”

Institute for Healthcare Improvement. (n.d.). Columbus Regional Hospital: Where a focus on safety promotes interdisciplinary teamwork. Retrieved from…

Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, DC: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Retrieved from…
Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Report of an expert panel. Washington, D.C.: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. Photo Credit: Libby Frost/University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health

Ostermeier, L. (n.d.). Building an integrated workforce: Keys to developing a strong team culture. Retrieved from…
Ostermeier, L. (n.d.). Building an Integrated Workforce: Keys to Developing a Strong Team Culture. Retrieved from Used with permission of B. E. Smith.


Taplin, S. H., Foster, M. K., & Shortell, S. M. (2013). Organizational leadership for building effective health care teams. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(3), 279-281.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). TeamSTEPPS: National implementation. Retrieved from

Note: You will use the following documents to complete this week’s Assignment.

Document: Thomason Health System Background (PDF)


Document: Thomason Health System Bios (PDF)

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the provided scenario, as well as the “Thomason Health System Background” and “Thomason Health System Bios” documents in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • As a team, begin preparing a strategic proposal to present to Thomason Health System’s board of directors.

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