The main researchers who have worked on group phenomena have paid little attention to the etymology of the word “team”. Professor Robert Lafon was the first to take an interest in it. In an article published in 1962, he evoked the etymology of the word: “Equipe” comes from the old French esquif, which originally designated a series of barges attached to each other and pulled by men or horses, pending the era of tugboats.
Is it the image of boatmen pulling on the same rope or that of boats tied together? In any case, there was once talk of a team of workers working together to carry out a common work (…)”.
To “carry out a common work” is the team’s characteristic.