Creating and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Teams

Felice Davidson Perlmutter, Darlyne Bailey and F. Ellen Netting

in Managing Human Resources in the Human Services

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9780195137071
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865611 | DOI:
Creating and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Teams

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This chapter examines interdisciplinary teams, with the managerial supervisor as team leader and highlights some of the critical intra-team issues. It argues that interdisciplinary teams are one of the most effective organizational strategies for responding and proactively beginning to challenge the rapid, complex changes occurring in both the professions and the environment. Teams have costs and benefits. If correctly created and maintained, with the appropriate leadership and membership, the benefits can far outweigh the costs. Managing teams means dealing with team dysfunction, addressing the paradox of relationship, and providing leadership in the form of designing, coaching, and advocating.

Keywords: team management; managerial supervisor; interdisciplinary groups; intra-team; team dysfunction

Chapter.  6219 words. 

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