This learning guide was written by Fiona Dent, Director of Faculty Development at Ashridge. It is one of a series produced by the Learning Resource Centre. Each guide sets out to give you a quick summary of the main theories on a particular topic backed up by a practical commentary based on Ashridge's long experience of consulting on and teaching management issues. We hope that it whets your appetite for more information. The guide points you in the direction of other sources such as key books, articles and videos.
If you have less than an hour, read the overview section and the short best practice essays The critical factors that build or break teams and Building great internal partnerships. Once you have read the overview section, test your knowledge by the attempting the short quiz.
If you have longer, read the reviews of two books on Management team roles and try some of the development activities. In addition take a look at the recommended articles in the resources section, which look to be relevant to your interest.
Last modified: 08/10/2007