Engaging in a Collaborative Project as a Team-Building Strategy During a Period of Organizational Change


An emerging trend in North American higher education institutions is to merge teaching and learning centres with other units on campus. The authors share their team-building process during a time of organizational change through a series of individually written reflective pieces. The importance of active communication and the perceived losses and gains emerge as common themes from the essays, but the authors’ overall experience of engaging on a collaborative project helped define what made them a team. A survey of the literature on organizational change shows that they cycled through Rousseau, Aubé, and Savoie’s sequence of effective teamwork behaviours.