Team Effectiveness and Members as Leaders

Elaine Russo Martin, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Document Type Book Chapter


Teams are prevalent in many academic libraries, including those associated with medical schools. The objective of this study is to apply J. Richard Hackman's framework on team effectiveness to academic medical library settings. Study findings inform academic medical library managers regarding the adoption of teams about the necessary conditions to put in place and to strengthen the effectiveness of preexisting teams. Team effectiveness is also linked to team leadership.

Introducing teams into an organization is not a trivial matter. Effective teams require time, patience, commitment on the part of the library director, and leadership from everyone.