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X-teams: how to build teams that lead, innovate, and succeed

Author: Ancona, Deborah ; Bresman, HenrikINSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourPublisher: Harvard Business School Press, 2007.Language: EnglishDescription: 260 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1591396921 ; 9781591396925Type of document: INSEAD Book Online Access: Click here Bibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and indexAbstract: Why do good teams fail? Very often, argue Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, it is because they are looking inward instead of outward. Based on years of research examining teams across many industries, Ancona and Bresman show that traditional team models are falling short, and that what's needed – and what works – is a new brand of team that emphasizes external outreach to stakeholders, extensive ties, expandable tiers, and flexible membership. The authors highlight that X-teams are not only able to adapt in ways that traditional teams aren't, but that they actually improve an organization's ability to produce creative ideas and execute them – increasing the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity within the firm. What's more, the new environment demands what the authors call "distributed leadership", and the book highlights how X-teams powerfully embody this idea.
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Includes bibliographical references and index

Why do good teams fail? Very often, argue Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman, it is because they are looking inward instead of outward. Based on years of research examining teams across many industries, Ancona and Bresman show that traditional team models are falling short, and that what's needed – and what works – is a new brand of team that emphasizes external outreach to stakeholders, extensive ties, expandable tiers, and flexible membership. The authors highlight that X-teams are not only able to adapt in ways that traditional teams aren't, but that they actually improve an organization's ability to produce creative ideas and execute them – increasing the entrepreneurial and innovative capacity within the firm. What's more, the new environment demands what the authors call "distributed leadership", and the book highlights how X-teams powerfully embody this idea.

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X-Teams How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate, and Succeed Contents ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IX INTRODUCTION When Bad Things Happen to Good Teams 1 PART I WHY GOOD TEAMS FAIL ONE Into a Downward Spiral 21 How Our Old Models Lead to Failure TWO A Changing World 41 New Kinds of Organizations, New Kinds of Teams PART II WHAT WORKS THREE X-Team Principle 1 63 External Activity FOUR X-Team Principle 2 89 Extreme Execution FIVE X-Team Principle 3 117 Flexible Phases SIX X-Factors 139 The X-Team Support Structure PART III HOW TO BUILD EFFECTIVE X-TEAMS SEVEN Tools for X-Teams 165 From Theory to Action EIGHT Crafting an Infrastructure for Innovation 195 The X-Team Program NINE X-Teams 217 Distributed Leadership in Action NOTES 241 INDEX 249 ABOUT THE AUTHORS 259

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