In today's business world, projects are becoming more intensive, solutions are required to be more innovative, and customer service needs to exceed expectations, all while working under shorter deadlines and tighter budgets.
According to an article in the “MIT Sloan Management Review”, Why Project Networks Beat Project Teams, “the required expertise to tackle such knowledge-intensive projects is often unexpected, complicated, subjective and distributed across the organization. Managers in organizations often assemble project teams to work on such tasks…”
Based on the findings of their study, Jonathon Cummings and Carol Pletcher (authors of the article from MIT Sloan Management Review) present “the project network as an important tool for accomplishing knowledge-intensive work.”
As defined in the article, a project network “consists of a core set of team members who bring in noncore contributors (such as other company employees, suppliers, consultants, or customers) from their networks who can provide knowledge, information, and feedback regarding the team’s task.” These non-core contributors were found to be “a positive and significant predictor of success”.
In today’s evolving workplace it doesn’t come as a surprise that co-workers and team members are becoming more dispersed. So how are these teams and “project networks” supposed to communicate effectively and consistently in order to complete their goals?
GroveSite's easy online collaboration software enables you to benefit from those you could consider “noncore contributors”; with GroveSite you are able to add internal and external users to your workspace. Not only can you add them, but you can control what information and content they see and for what duration of time they see it. You are in complete control of the information you want to share.
GroveSite's online collaboration suite is dependable, always accessible, secure and easy to use. Our online workspace that enables you to share documents without bogging down email systems, create wiki webpages, use an online calendar and capture a discussion. You are able to build a custom online database—defining fields, adding comments, uploading attachments, including images or assigning relationships easily and quickly. You are able to manage project status, members responsible and milestones, as well as track issues and receive task email alerts.
Having an online workspace within GroveSite provides your organization’s "project networks" with the structure that encourages communication and participation while reinforcing deadlines and responsibilities.
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