Forming effective worker teams with multi-functional skill requirements

Erin L. Fitzpatrick, Ronald Askin

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Abstract

Throughout much of the past century, manufacturing efficiencies were gained by constructing systems from independently designed and optimized tasks. Recent theories and practice have extolled the virtues of team-based practices that rely on human flexibility and empowerment to improve integrated system performance. The formation of teams requires consideration of innate tendencies and interpersonal skills as well as technical skills. In this project we develop and test mathematical models for formation of effective human teams. Team membership is selected to ensure sufficient breadth and depth of technical skills. In addition, measures of worker conative tendencies are used along with empirical results on desirable team mix to form maximally effective teams. A mathematical programming formulation for the team selection problem is presented. A heuristic solution is proposed and evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-608
Number of pages16
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

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Mathematical programming
Mathematical models
Requirements
Breadth
Integrated System
Power (Psychology)
Skills
Workers
Mathematical Programming
System Performance
Manufacturing
Flexibility
Heuristics
Mathematical Model
Sufficient
Formulation

Keywords

  • Cellular manufacturing
  • Employee empowerment
  • Heuristics
  • Mathematical programming
  • Team performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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Forming effective worker teams with multi-functional skill requirements. / Fitzpatrick, Erin L.; Askin, Ronald.

In: Computers and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2005, p. 593-608.

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