What are the structural andbehavioralchallenges in managing the cross-functional team?

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You are managing a small cross-functional project team of 15 individuals (including yourself) in a pharmaceutical company. The team composition is:

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  • Three pharmaceutical chemists
  • Four pharmaceutical lab technicians
  • Three medical doctors
  • Two lawyers
  • Two medical editors

The project goal is to develop safety standards to be observed in the genetic engineering laboratories of the company within a 6-week period. The cross-functional individuals involved in this project have different qualifications, experiences, and professional orientations. They have different and sometimes conflicting goals. For example, the lawyers may try to frame standards in such a way that the pharmaceutical company is immune to lawsuits. The doctors may be concerned primarily with the health and safety of the workers. The pharmaceutical chemists and lab technicians may want to get their work done most efficiently, while the medicaleditorsmay want to devise standards in such a manner that they are easily understandable.

Answer the following questions:

  • How will you align the interests of various individuals in the cross-functional team so that despite their professional backgrounds and possibly competing agendas, they work to develop the safety standards on time?
  • What problems do you foresee in the achievement of the project goal due to the fact that the team is cross-functional?
  • From the behavioural standpoint, name and describe three benefits do you see for the cross-functional team?

¡What are the structural andbehavioralchallenges in managing the cross-functional team?

Textbook

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DeLia, E. & Fredericks, E. (2005)Fromcross purposes to
cooperation: The ten factors that unify a cross-functional team
.Lincoln,Nebraska:iUniverse.

Edwards,
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2009).

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