Organizational Teamwork in High-Speed Management

By Yanan Ju & Donald P. Cushman

Subjects: International Business
Series: SUNY series, Human Communication Processes
Paperback : 9780791422380, 150 pages, December 1994
Hardcover : 9780791422373, 150 pages, December 1994

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Table of contents


1. The Promise and Limits of Organizational Teamwork

2. High-speed Management as a Communication-Based Strategy for Focusing Teamwork on Increasing Competitiveness

3. Speed-to-Market and International Benchmarking: Teamwork as a Goal-Oriented Action

4. Defining Qualities and Dominant Patterns of Teamwork

5. Organizational Structure: A Killer or Facilitator of Teamwork

6. Team Anchorage in Organizational Life

7. A Negotiated Linking Program: Communication Strategies for Coaligning an Organization's Internal and External Resources with Its Competitive Environment

8. Looking into Tomorrow



This is the first book to discuss teamwork and the recent phenomena of high-speed management. It addresses the intersection of these two areas of research and organizational practice.


Teamwork in the context of high-speed management has never before been treated systematically, and high-speed management as a concept or as a field of study has only been a recent phenomenon. This book addresses the intersection of these two areas of research and organizational practice. Both areas are seen as fundamental parts of the communication processes that sustain an organization's competitive advantage in an increasingly chaotic environment.

What makes this book unique is that the subject of teamwork in high-speed management is treated at three important levels: philosophical, theoretical, and practical. Issues covered include: how organizational structure affects teamwork; how teams should anchor themselves and be anchored in organizational life; and how an organization should coalign its internal and external resources with its competitive environment.

Finally, the book addresses and prescribes how organizations can meet the challenge of an uncertain future using the skills of teamwork and high-speed management successfully.

Yanan Ju is Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. He has authored/co-authored a dozen books and numerous articles. His most recent book, The Great Wall in Ruins: Communication and Cultural Change in China, is also published by SUNY Press. Donald P. Cushman is Professor of Communication at the State University of New York at Albany. An author/co-author of a dozen books and numerous articles, he has been a pioneer scholar in high-speed management. His knowledge and experiences in the field have sent him around the world, consulting for both private companies and government organizations.