As firms experience relentless pressure to innovate and improve, many are responding by creating organizational structures that promote cross-functional and cross-boundary communication, coordination, and collaboration. Because most firms studied expect to use teams to support future procurement and sourcing decision making, it is important to understand how to best manage the cross-functional sourcing team process. Unfortunately, researchers who study teams rarely reach the same conclusions about the factors affecting team success. There is one variable, however, that most researchers agree consistently affects team success - the effectiveness of the formal team leader.
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