How do we, as educators, create and support effective teamwork with our students? This study focuses on the role of profiling tools. In particular we look at the use of such tools to create diverse, or heterogeneous, teams. We find that although there is a general preference for heterogeneous teams, there are other more powerful factors at play, including the nature of the task, familiarity of the participants, and cultural background. It is possible to have highly effective homogeneous teams given the right circumstances. Exploring further, we find that individuals in such teams consciously adapt their style to fit with the environment. Thus, equipping students with knowledge of their own (and others’) profiles can be a valuable enabling factor in effective teamwork. We therefore suggest that profiling tools are useful as: a tool for self development; and a way of developing team work within a high trust culture.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 17th International conference on engineering and Product Design Education|
|Subtitle of host publication||Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research and Enterprise, E and PDE, 2015|
|Editors||J. Mc Cardle, G. Bingham, A. Kovacevic , E. Bohemia, D. J. Southee, B. Parkinson|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Sep 2015|
|Event||INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION - Loughborough, UK United Kingdom|
Duration: 3 Sep 2015 → 4 Sep 2015
|Conference||INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION|
|Country||UK United Kingdom|
|Period||3/09/15 → 4/09/15|
Cayzer, S. (2015). The effect of profiling on team dynamics and creativity. In J. Mc Cardle, G. Bingham, A. Kovacevic , E. Bohemia, D. J. Southee, & B. Parkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International conference on engineering and Product Design Education: Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research and Enterprise, E and PDE, 2015 (pp. 632-636). Design Society.