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Development Of A Scoring System For The Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (Teq)

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Emerging EM Areas

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Engineering Management

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11.460.1 - 11.460.8



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Carmen Zafft University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Carmen Zafft is a graduate student in the Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is pursuing her masters degree in Leadership Development. Carmen graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska in 1999.

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Maria A. Perez University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Maria A. Perez is a graduate student in Industrial Management Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is pursuing her masters in Engineering Management and her research interest is in teambuilding in engineering. Maria graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. She also has a specialist degree in Engineering Management from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellin, Colombia.

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Stephanie Adams University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Development of a Scoring System for the Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (TEQ) Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe and document the development of a standard score (T-score) for the Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (TEQ). The TEQ was developed as an instrument to measure the effectiveness of engineering students working in teams. It is also useful in helping students understand their strengths and weaknesses as effective team players. The TEQ was developed around the premise that an effective teaming experience is obtained when team members perform well, behave as a team, and maintain a positive attitude toward teaming. The foundational premise of the TEQ is that an effective teaming process directly contributes to the overall effectiveness of the team. An effective teaming process is measured by the mastery of the following seven constructs: common purpose, goal clarification, role clarity, psychological safety, mature communication, productive conflict resolution, and accountable interdependence. In order to fully utilize the TEQ, a scoring system is necessary to facilitate calculating and interpreting results.

In choosing the norm reference standard score, T-score, we analyzed and evaluated several other scoring categories such as: content reference, criterion reference, and norm reference. The decision to use the T-score type was made after analyzing and evaluating the characteristics, objectives and/or intentions of the various types. The standard T-score was selected because: 1) it would not report negative values, 2) people are familiar with a 0-100 scale which would allow for easier interpretation, and 3) this type will allow individuals to compare their responses with the norm group.

The use of a standard score will minimize false interpretations that a non standardized score could lead to. Without a standard score the interpretation of the results will depend on the criteria of the person that has access to the results. The criteria and procedure used to develop the standard score will be described throughout this article, as well as the characteristics of the norm group that were used as a reference for the interpretation of future results. The mean and the standard deviation for each of the constructs are provided as well as an example of how to calculate a score and how to report it as a T- score. This standard score will be useful in accurately interpreting the individual’s ability to perform as an effective team member and help them realize what their strengths and deficiencies are in order to improve those characteristics that an effective team player should have.


The Effective Teaming Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln developed the Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (TEQ) in 2001 to measure team effectiveness. It is composed of seven constructs considered to be necessary for effective performance of the team. The TEQ has three parts. The first part is used to collect demographic data and information on individual preferences regarding teams and previous experience in teams. The second, where scoring is the focus, is related to the seven constructs. Forty eight questions are asked in relation to the constructs. The third section asks questions about teaming issues and the level of familiarity each

Zafft, C., & Perez, M. A., & Adams, S. (2006, June), Development Of A Scoring System For The Team Effectiveness Questionnaire (Teq) Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1167

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