Grace Hopper India Annual Conference Schedule


Organizing For The Future: A Roadmap to Mission Based Teams

December 9 10:15 am - 11:15 am
TRACK: Organizational Transformation
Strategy 1
LEVEL: Intermediate

This paper outlines a framework for the design and implementation of mission based teams, defined as fluid, multidisciplinary and self-organizing teams which are entrusted with delivering game changing outcomes in environments of high uncertainty and rapid change. Through a field study of five teams operating within the GE India Technology Centre in Bangalore, using a combination of methods including direct observation, semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions, we portray our insights on the key enablers and inhibitors of mission based teams leading to the framework of recommendations. While our study contributes to a growing body of literature on newer organizational paradigms in VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous)environments, its key merit lies in uncovering the fundamental principles of a mission and leadership that enhance the meaning of work in knowledge intensive environments and in turn influence how teams are organized, sustained and led.