March 18, 2012

Starting Off on the Right Foot: Take Proactive Measures to Enhance Project Teams’ Performance

Key Findings

• The period between a project’s initiation and the project team’s first meeting is a crucial time that can significantly affect the team’s success

• Team leaders can use this time effectively to lay the groundwork for their team’s activities via a mobilization strategy, in which a leader researches the team’s objectives, proactively defines members’ roles, and staffs the team based on members’ knowledge, skills and abilities

• The amount of a team’s aggregate knowledge, skills and abilities, or human capital, is less important to team effectiveness than is the proper alignment of this human capital with project tasks.

Recommended Citation

Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies. (2012, March). Starting off on the right foot: Take proactive measures to enhance project teams’ performance (CAHRS ResearchLink No. 19). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, ILR School.

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