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Greg-Sourav row now a case study!

Titled the Indian Cricket Saga, the study sheds light on how two strong-willed persons react when pitted in a team environment.
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PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2006 05:18 PM IST

The much hyped Sourav Ganguly and Greg Chappell brawl is on paper, literally!

According to Khaleej Times, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research of Mumbai has reportedly dissected the controversy that dominated the headlines for the majority of 2005 and prepared a case study for its students to lap it up.

Titled the Indian Cricket Saga, the study sheds light on how two strong-willed persons - subscribing to different schools of thought - react when pitted in a team environment.

Developed jointly by faculty and few students of the management school, the analysis identified the present coach Chappell to be aggressive and a 'taskmaster' while former skipper Ganguly was found as a tough leader who relied on his emotions and intuition.

Lata Dheer, a teacher at the institute, who headed the research said that the arrival of Chappell on the scene,  created two 'power-bases' in Indian team - one belonging to coach, other belonging to the captain - which created the stir that took the nation by storm.

"With any new person joining the team, as it happened with Chappell, the dynamics of the group change," said Dheer in an interview to Khaleej Times.

"We say there are four stages in team formation: forming, storming, norming and performing. If a new person comes into a performing team, it can go back to the storming stage. This could have happened to the Indian team."

Dheer elaborated that when two 'strong-willed' individuals work together, friction emerges.

A section of researchers, who were involved in the study, felt that the Australian came from a background of high achievers and hence was keen to implement his style rather hastily in an already performing team. A radical shift in thinking was 'confusing' the players, they argued.

"May be Chappell wanted to prove himself too quickly and was keen to pit the Indian team against the formidable Australians," said one of the participants.

However, a majority believed that Chappell had his eye on 2007 World Cup and didn't have much time.

The case study, recently published in European Case Clearning House journal, concluded that Sourav was the most successful Indian captain but his individual performance was uninspiring. 'A leader must perform and set examples for the rest of the team but Ganguly was a failure in this respect,' the analysis highlighted.

Lata Dheer held that the whole mess could have been easily avoided, had 'distributed leadership' been followed.

"Different persons should lead in different situations. If Ganguly was good for one situation, the baton should have been passed on to another in a different situation and Ganguly could have been brought back if the situation demanded so," Dheer said.

Dheer remarked that Sachin Tendulkar was intelligent enough to stay out from the power-bases.

"He created his own personal power which is irrespective of others; like an employee who has his own position in the organisation."

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