Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rethink Teamwork: The Ringelmann Effect


Do you believe in teamwork?
Once upon a time, a scientist called Ringelmann did a small experiment, he made a few individuals pull a rope separately and measured their efforts. Later, he made the individuals pull the rope together and measured their total effort.

Surprisingly, when he divided the sum of their effort over the number of individuals, the result was less than their individual efforts! It could be that the more members you add to the team, the more they rely on each other until the point where it affects efficiency of the teamwork.

In one of my previous posts I highlighted synergy (1+1=3) and in this post it is obvious that teamwork is not an ultimately good thing, well yes, this is just the true essence of critical thinking.

* Reference: Mullins, L. J. (2007). Management and Organisational Behaviour (8th Edition ed.) Harlow: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall.


Haitham Jafar said...

Add control mechanisms and u shall be fine :P {at least on the short-term}

WAIT! Scratch that last bit, not even short will do it for efficiency and what have u :)

I blv in teamwork (work) but it needs to be planned + adept to amendments (in managerial work that is)

Nart Pshegubj said...

you know what they say my friend, the truth lies somewhere in between

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