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An exploratory study into attitudes towards teamwork in the workplace and in the academic environment

Davidson, Harriet (2013) An exploratory study into attitudes towards teamwork in the workplace and in the academic environment. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Teamwork is becoming an increasingly important skill to have within the workplace. Employers are looking to take on students who can work efficiently and effectively within teams. For this reason, students must partake in teamwork as part of their studies to better prepare them for the workplace. As attitude is an important predictor of behaviour, students who have a positive attitude towards teamwork are more likely to work well within groups. There are many different factors which affect attitudes towards teamwork, and attitudes may also vary depending upon the environment teamwork is being used in. A questionnaire was administered to students regarding their attitude towards teamwork in university and in the workplace. Results showed that students have a more positive attitude towards teamwork in the workplace than the academic environment. Males have a more positive attitude towards teamwork than females. A conventional content analysis showed that some of the factors that affect attitudes towards teamwork include free-riding and the nature of the task. The research will benefit both instructors of teamwork tasks and future employers. Future research should look into factors such as the length of time a group is maintained for.

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