Roy M. Gozum

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Master of Science

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Thomas S. Graham, PhD


Team structures are used extensively in civilian, government, and military organizations to accomplish modem task demands that almost always exceed the capabilities of single individuals. As team structures became larger and more complex, managers realized the need for formal team building education. Team building programs serve to facilitate an environment for productive teamwork. However, despite the apparent importance of teams, most organizations overlook the implementation of formal team building programs. Therefore, the purpose of this research is two-fold. First, this thesis examines the evolution and importance of teams, and the subsequent need for the development of formal team building programs. In doing so, common characteristics of highly effective teams are explored. In turn, these characteristics serve as a framework for the development of a team building guide-which is the second purpose of this research. The guide was developed and refined through a comprehensive literature review and the use of the Delphi Technique.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology.