Self-Directed Team

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Description of Self-directed Team. Explanation.


Definition Self-Directed Team. Description.

A Self-Directed Team is a small group of employees who are empowered to manage themselves and the work they do on a day-to-day basis. The members of such a team are usually responsible for designing/defining, managing and carrying out a whole process, product or service.

Some people make a difference between Self-direction and Self-managing, in which a Self-Managed Team is a group of people working together in their own ways toward a common goal which is defined outside the team, and a Self-Directed Team is a group of people working together in their own ways toward a common goal which the team defines.

Also called: Autonomous Work Group, Self-Directing Teams

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Compare with: Bottom-up Approach  |  Hawthorne Effect  |  Flat Organization Structures  |  Span of Control  |  Functional Team  |  Cross-Functional Team

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