High-Performance Teams Achieve Outcomes that Exceed the Expectations of the Project

04.25.10

According to a study published in the Journal of Technology & Science, “High-performance teams achieve outcomes that exceed the expectations of the project and often demonstrate unique or innovative approaches within a final solution. The foundation of this high performance is the ability to focus on the success of the team over individual objectives.”
“However, the recognition of this emphasis is based on the establishment of professional trust and strong communications between the team members. The social network model of construction introduced a dual-focused approach to enhancing these elements and creating high-performance project teams. The approach emphasizes balancing both a traditional project management emphasis on efficiency of communications with a focus on the social factors that move the project team from efficient to effective. In this paper, the model is extended to present the results of four studies of organizations that are full-service engineering companies that also provide construction oversight services. The paper presents the results of these studies in terms of the social network model and the achievement of high performance in the project teams,” wrote P.S. Chinowsky and his colleagues at the University of Colorado.

Chinowsky and his colleagues published their study in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management – Asce (Project Organizations as Social Networks. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management – Asce, 2010;136(4):452-458). For more information, contact P.S. Chinowsky, University of Colorado, Dept. of Civil Environmental & Architectural Engineering, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.