Improving the Effectiveness of High-stress, High-stakes Teams

Improving the Effectiveness of High-stress, High-stakes Teams: The latest in an ongoing series of Council on Business & Society Research Pods – condensed learning capsules inspired from internationally published research in the fields of CSR, management & leadership, HR, sustainable finance & reporting, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices.

High-stress, high-stakes teams – such as hospital teams, fire fighters, aircrews, ships’ crews or accident investigators – work in complex contexts, have difficult decisions to make, are multi-skilled, must show a high level of coordination, and have a short life span as they are split up after an operation.

But revamping team composition and assignment – as researched in the case of surgical teams –  may ultimately lead to decreasing waiting time and unnecessary patient suffering. 

What can vertical or flat-hierarchy in hospital teams teach us? Why does why surgical team failure and patient death paradoxically lead to more effective surgical teams? And how does Professor Yufei Huang’s research give an incredible 18 minutes, 37 seconds in saved time in the operating room – enough for any high-risk team to make critical decisions and save more lives.

How high-stress, high-stakes teams can gain in effectiveness

Professor Yufei Huang, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, shares his research on performance and all-important time-saving in high-stress teams, taking us through team mix, experience sharing and the most effective hierarchical approach to adopt. 

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Improving the Effectiveness of High-stress, High-stakes Teams: The latest in an ongoing series of Council on Business & Society Research Pods – condensed learning capsules inspired from internationally published research in the fields of CSR, management & leadership, HR, sustainable finance & reporting, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices.

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Improving the Effectiveness of High-stress, High-stakes Teams

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Improving the Effectiveness of High-stress, High-stakes Teams: The latest in an ongoing series of Council on Business & Society Research Pods – condensed learning capsules inspired from internationally published research in the fields of CSR, management & leadership, HR, sustainable finance & reporting, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices.
Learning Objective: Identify the factors slowing team performance in high-risk, high-stress situations and adopt team mix strategy to optimise team effectiveness. 

Related research: Team familiarity in cardiac surgery operations: The effects of hierarchy and failure on team productivity, by Yufei Huang, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, Emmanouil Avgerinos, IE University, Spain and Ioannis Fragkos at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Netherlands. SAGE.

Prof. Yufei Huang, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, shares his research on performance and all-important time-saving in high-stress teams, taking us through team mix, experience sharing and the most effective hierarchical approach to adopt.
Prof. Yufei Huang, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin

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The Council on Business & Society (The CoBS), visionary in its conception and purpose, was created in 2011, and is dedicated to promoting responsible leadership and tackling issues at the crossroads of business and society including sustainability, diversity, ethical leadership and the place responsible business has to play in contributing to the common good.  

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