A group of functionally flexible employees that have the responsibility for directing and controlling their own work. They do not have a supervisor, but will nominate a team leader, who will coordinate the activities of team members and act as a central point of communication. The team leader role will rotate amongst members of the team. Truly self-managed teams also have the responsibility for hiring and firing, setting pay levels, handling grievances, and managing disputes—although few organizations have gone this far. Self-managed teams are a logical extension of the concept of teamworking, but, in practice, the meaning of the term ‘self-managed team’ varies extensively between organizations. [See also empowerment.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.