20 June 2006

Does size count?

In answer to the perennial management question about the best size for a team, the answer from the academic frontline is . . . wait for it . . . 'it depends'.

This is an undoubtedly too-flip summary of a more sophisticated discussion by professors at Wharton business school, who suggest that while optimum size can be an important consideration and depends partly on the team's role, it's not the most important feature in putting a team together. The team's tasks and the mix of skills required are likely to be primary.

By the way: if your team has more than five people in it... oh-oh!


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