TITLE

Teamwork in Health Care: Maximizing Collective Intelligence via Inclusive Collaboration and Open Communication

AUTHOR(S)
Mayo, Anna T.; Woolley, Anita Williams
PUB. DATE
September 2016
SOURCE
AMA Journal of Ethics;Sep2016, Vol. 18 Issue 9, p933
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Teams offer the potential to achieve more than any person could achieve working alone; yet, particularly in teams that span professional boundaries, it is critical to capitalize on the variety of knowledge, skills, and abilities available. This article reviews research from the field of organizational behavior to shed light on what makes for a collectively intelligent team. In doing so, we highlight the importance of moving beyond simply including smart people on a team to thinking about how those people can effectively coordinate and collaborate. In particular, we review the importance of two communication processes: ensuring that team members with relevant knowledge (1) speak up when one's expertise can be helpful and (2) influence the team's work so that the team does its collective best for the patient.
ACCESSION #
118041116

 

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