1) Over the past two decades, no American professional team has dominated their league like the New England Patriots have dominated the National Football League (NFL). Winning a regular-season game in the NFL is already a difficult challenge: the game is highly tactical and brutally physical and requires a roster of 53 players to function in nearly perfect synchrony. To have consistent success over the course of even one decade is a level few franchises are able to maintain. Yet, the Patriots have risen above it all for nearly two decades. Since 2001, the Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl an unbelievable eight times. No other team has ever appeared in more than three. With salary caps present and the NFAL players union at work, it is almost impossible for a team to achieve the success the Patriots have found. New England’s success is a reflection of the way the organization is run. Ultimately the NFL is a business, and the Patriots run their organization according to many management best practices. The Patriots focus on fundamentals and conditioning, tailor their system to fit the strengths of their personnel, and don’t let distractions derail their success. Companies could learn a great deal from the Patriots, particularly in their personnel management and consistent leadership. 2) In contrast to the success of the New England Patriots, the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) have seen no equal in their failures over the past two decades. Their failures have baffled sports enthusiasts, logic, and has even defied basic mathematical analysis. It is almost as if they have tried to lose. They have had only two seasons in the past twenty years where they have posted a winning record, which translates to eighteen losing seasons in twenty years. They have even completed the perfect losing season in 2017 where they posted a 0-16 record. To put it simply the depths of their loss have been unprecedented in the history of professional sports. To be this dreadful for this long there must be failures at all levels. Some have said that the owner lacks vision and identity, while others have theorized that it has simply been poor coaching and personnel management. It is here where we will analyze the depths of their failures in an attempt to understand how a team can consistently defy the odds of failure over such a long span of time. Lessons are learned in the failures of others and with this, we hope to gain insight into organizational structure, management, and teamwork in order to avoid the pitfalls of the hapless Cleveland Browns. • Frameworks: A description of the specific course materials that you will use to analyze both teams. Please provide a brief description of three frameworks/theories you plan to use. Make sure that at least one of the frameworks is an overall meta-framework such as Hill & Anteby’s Framework for Analyzing Work Teams. In your project, you will apply each of the frameworks/theories to explain (identify) why the one team is outstanding, and why the other ineffective team is not functioning as well as it should. Framework 1: The first framework I will use to analyze both teams is The Hill & Anteby’s Framework for Analyzing Work Teams. This framework is important to be able to compare and contrast what The Patriots Team is doing that The Brown teams lack. Learning about the history of both teams, values, backgrounds, organizational structure, staffing, group culture, and effectiveness of the team will help my research paper analyze why The Patriots are an outstanding team and what I can suggest for The Browns to be a successful team. Framework 2: The second framework I will use to identify why The Browns team is not functioning is The Combined Lencioni Model. This framework breaks down the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I will research The Browns team and with the help of the Combined Lencioni Model, we will be able to describe the role of the leader with the role of an ideal team player. Once we are able to measure the leaders and team players, I will be able to have an understanding of what the team is lacking in order for it to be productive and score the winning touchdown. Framework 3: The third framework is the Behfar Model for Managing Team Conflict, I will use this model to analyze both teams’ conflict resolution style. This model will help me evaluate how the Patriots and the Browns choose to identify and address their team conflicts. By using this model I will look at each teams’ tradeoffs between getting work done and making team members happy. I will focus on recognizing in which of the four quadrants the teams belong. This will help me understand what the teams’ communication style and conflict resolution focus are so that I can identify ways for them to optimize their conflict management. A) You must use one overall meta-framework (e.g., Hill and Anteby’s Framework for Analyzing Work Teams) and at least two other models/theories/frameworks to analyze both teams. B) Use the three frameworks/theories to analyze and evaluate the functioning of the: i) Outstanding team. ii) Real-world work team. c) Make specific recommendations, based both on the findings from the outstanding team and on the three frameworks/theories for enhancing the effectiveness of the real-world work team. Note – there is no one right answer for this task. Your written analysis should be 10-12 pgs. total, double spaced, 12-point font and must include: 1. Title page, Table of Contents, Executive Summary 2. Description of the outstanding team and metrics used to evaluate its effectiveness (1- 2 pages) 3. Description of why the team is outstanding–use course material, cite evidence and be specific (4- 6 pages) 4. Description of the real-world work team, why it is not performing effectively citing facts, evidence, and linking to course materials (3-4 pages) 5. Recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of the real-world team based on what you learned from the outstanding team and course materials (1-2 pages)
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