What is a widespread antonym to "cross-functional team"?
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A cross-functional team contains individuals with many different areas of expertise.
Its antonym is several specialized teams (e.g. the Web team, the database team, the project management team).
From an organizational behavior perspective (OB) the opposite of a team is a heiarchy where generalists are involved in top down decisionmaking instead of having specialists self-manage in groups/teams.
Conversely, the antonym, or opposite, within the context of a team is not a specialist team. The specialist team provides a single function to the overall project and therefore an aggregation of specialist teams forms a cross-functional team.
Instead the antonym of cross-functional team is better described as a dictator.
This does not have to be assumed to be a negative approach overall. After all, sometimes one person leading with confidence and experience can produce an overall positive result for everyone. It's pretty rare, though.