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Groups and TeamsBrian HammockUniversity of PhoenixMGT 307March 11, 2010Carol Solinger��AbstractGroups/Teams are often times used interchangeable, there are some differences. According to Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn (2008, p. 170) "a group is a collection of two or more people who work with one another regularly to achieve common goals." On the contrary, Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn (2008, p. 192) define a team as "A small group...
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Groups and Teams PaperHigh Performance teams are created with a mission or purpose in mind. This purpose or mission should be expressed in the form of a written charter. Over time teams develop their own set of norms. Norms are rules or guides for team behavior and decision making. The idea of using teams to solve problems and achieve results is based, in part, on a concept that the collective brainpower of a team far exceeds the ability of any manager. Therefore, to a large degree, teams are self-directed. High Performance Teams are also empowered. Teams are motivated by the challenge...
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Teamwork is a make or break situation. Either you help make it or the lack of it will break you." - Kris A. Hiatt. High-performance teams are achievable. WordNet 2003 Princeton University defines a team as "a cooperative unit" . Therefore, the team members must realize that it is a team effort. Consequently, high-performance teams start with the realization that there are no "Loan Rangers." This is a cooperative effort and everyone must do his or her part to be successful.Any team that has a diverse bent is likely to be highly successful. A team that is filled with the same skills, same ethnicity, same gender, etc....
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In today's business world groups and teams is an important part of any successful company. Companies today are constantly looking for new ways to get the most from their employees. A trend in today's business world is the power of groups or teams. The purpose of this paper is to explain what groups and teams are, why they are important in today's business society, and what types of factors come into play when groups are organized.A group is defined as "a group of two or more people who work together regularly to achieve common goals" (Schermerhorn, Hunt, Osborn 2005). A good group is a group that regularly works well together towards achieving a common goal. In a good group each...
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Groups and Teams PaperBusinesses form groups for one central purpose, to achieve a goal. However, when a group becomes a high-performance team the group will not only meet the goal, they will exceed all expectations while achieving the objective. High-performance teams learn and display behaviors that most other teams do not exhibit. Teams that "carefully nurture and support people and relationships if the groups are to become confident and enduring high-performance teams" (Schermerhorn, 1995/2005, p. 218). Demographic characteristics and cultural diversity can also have an enormous impact on whether a group can become a high-performance team. Age, religion, race, ethnicity, and gender...
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Groups and Teams PaperThis paper will clarify the difference between a group and a team. This explanation will show the components of both groups and teams. It will also confirm how a group can become a high performance team. The paper will address the facts of how certain circumstances effects, like culture diversity and demographic characteristics, can cause a high performance team to excel or fade.Webster dictionary defines groups as a small unit of three to fifteen people. Groups can form coalitions and signs of organization can be seen. When a group is too large, communication is not effective with all of its members. Standards will be developed within a group. Roles...
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IntroductionThis paper will address how a group can become a high-performance team and evaluate the business and ethical considerations of globalization and its affect on team dynamics. Groups and teams are an essential resource for employers to show that each member can provide work effectiveness, imaginative ability, and show a passionate interest in working for the organization.How a group can become a high-performance teamBefore I can address how a group can become a high-performance team, I must first give a definition of what a group is. A group is defined as a "collection of individuals who have regular contact and frequent interaction, mutual influence, common feeling of...
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"A group is a collection of two or more people who work with one another regularly to achieve common goals" (Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2005, p. 262). A homogeneous group will perform better in the beginning. They are a group of people similar in diversity. This can hurt the group in the end due to the lack of diversity. A heterogeneous group will prove to be the stronger team due to the cultural diversity within the group. The group with people of different ages, cultures, genders, and experiences."A team is a small group of people with complementary skills who work actively together to achieve a common purpose for which they hold themselves collectively accountable"...
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Groups and Teams
Groups and teams are an important part of organisational infrastructure (Beersma, Hollenbeck, Humphrey, Moon, Conlon and Ilgen, 2005). Organisations form groups and teams in order to achieve organisational efficiencies and to aid in the growth and development of employees because they are found to be better than individual efficiency (Watson and Gallagher, 2005). However, groups and teams are often mixed up and confused for one another even though they are different. This paper is an attempt to understand the differences between groups and teams, the reasons for such an existence, and the importance of understanding this difference, before drawing conclusions from the...
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Addressing Challenges of Groups and Teams PaperIntroductionBritish Petroleum (BP) has had one of the worst oil spills to date in the Gulf of Mexico. British Petroleum has hired learning team D to revamp their communications department. We will discuss and address five issues beginning with marketing communications, communication planning, leadership and employee communication, listening training and communication, and executive and corporate communications. Correcting these issues should help restore British Petroleum's image so the company can move forward in their day to day business.
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The Importance of Working Together in Groups and Teams
Realizing that a group can become a high performance team is important. Accomplishing this goal is invaluable, advantageous and profitable. Once able to operate from a group to the high performing team is a great step into preparation into the big business world. Leaders and members must also realize not only how to accomplish this but that some problems will and can arise from different demographic characteristics and cultural diversity. That is if one is in such a group, which the probability would be quite high.
It is important that members of a group be knowledgeable and skillful in their positions, the degree to which...
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Team Dynamics and Conflict Resolution in Work Teams
Teams are groups of people who work together to achieve a common goal (Learning Team Handbook, p 310). Workplace teams are increasing as businesses find the yield of team productivity and creativity exceeds individual productivity/creativity. To promulgate productive teams, businesses have had to identify common threads for successful teams. Businesses have identified the dynamics and needs of successful teams.
Seven tasks must be included in consideration of team dynamics and structure. The first of which is defining the goal, mission or function of a specific team. The team must know what it is being asked to accomplish. The second...
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Table of Contents___________________________________________________________PageINTRODUCTION 3CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EFFECTIVE TEAM 4HOW TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE TEAM 4HOW NOT TO PUT A TEAM TOGETHER 5HOW TO DO IT - LOOKING AT PEOPLE 6THEIR ROLE 7TEAMBUILDING PROGRAM 7BUILDING THE TEAM 8CONCLUSION 10REFERENCES 11INTRODUCTIONWHAT IS A TEAM?A team is a group of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and an...
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Define the business research and its purposeThe business research and its purpose is to demonstrate the communication or lack there of in disseminating health threats to the public. This article is a response to the 2001 anthrax letter incidents and the 2002 agreement between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Schools of Public Health. This agreement established support for a study that researched the rising need for information and the...
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It is not simply to answer diverse teams which are more creative and effective or invite more conflict. Compare to homogeneous teams which is "team that includes members with common technical expertise, demographics, ethnicity, experiences or values" (McShane & Travaglione, 2003, p269) and individuals, diverse teams have advantages and disadvantages depend on different situations. Based on current workplace, Griggs and Louw (1995, p24) discussed that today's more and more organisations use diverse teams to achieve the high performance and keep the competitive advantage as increasing diverse marketplace; Gautschi (1996, p320) also pointed that "teams are becoming less homogeneous as...
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Today's organizations become more complex, ambiguous and more unpredictable, it is experiencing extraordinary change and transformation in all sectors. Change has therefore become a way of life the world over. The companies need to be susceptible and ready to acknowledge the challenges that change presents with and try to overcome these for the benefit of the company as a whole. However, is it inevitable that there will be 'winners' or 'losers' in any organizational change, conflict between individuals and groups is only to be expected? To answer this question, firstly this essay will talk about some key concepts and theories that relate to organizational change, it will help us to...
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Conflict Management in Work TeamsConflict constitutes an inevitable and commonplace element of social life. Hence, it is highly prevalent in the organizational arena (De Dreu & Van de Vliert, 1997) and is a significant element in the dynamics of organizational work teams. Members of work groups and teams within organizations experience and manage conflict with their counterparts on an everyday basis.Work teams as increasingly popular organizational structures serve to improve quality, increase efficiency, and ensure organizational sustainability. Effectiveness in group functioning...
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Part I IntroductionWork groups are the basic building blocks of an organization. Groups contribute to organizational effectiveness when group goals are aligned with organizational goals, team is a specific type of groups. In most organizations today formal groups may consist of employees who are responsible for an identifiable work process, a specific project, or a problem that need solving, often called "team" (1). Team has the potential to dramatically affect an organization's performance.In recent years, teams have emerged as the most important group phenomenon in organizations. The term "team" is not new to organizations, and teamwork has been stressed throughout the...
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Creativity and trust are important and beneficial factors for increasing workplace performance. In two case studies, Sid Caesar and Miles Davis virtuoso teams have common themes, such as generating creativity, focusing on trust, and intense time pressures. Virtuoso teams represent a dominate approach to getting work done in a business environment. Creativity enables virtuoso teams to solve problems and leverage opportunities through the integration of divergent thoughts and perspectives.
Virtuoso Teams Common Themes
In nearly any area of human achievement business, sports, and politics you will find teams that produce outstanding and innovative results. Sid Caesar’s virtuoso team...
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Groups that form highly effective teams do not simply happen. It often means a big change in that group of people in order to create such an environment. Highly effective teams must go through some pain in order to work well together. There must be a level of trust among team members at the foundation of every great team. Effective teams must also get past fears of conflict with other members of the team. Lack of commitment is another key detractor to creating effective teams along with avoidance of accountability. Finally inattention to results is the last issue that prevents teams from performing at their best. Cultural diversity and demographics aid teams in innovating unique ideas...
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Team Dynamics - Conflict Resolution Strategies
People work in groups or teams everyday whether in their career, education, political organization, church, or any other social setting. Conflict while working in teams or groups is inevitable. When taking people of different backgrounds, personalities, moral, and ethical beliefs and putting them together in a group, conflict will arise. The key to achieving your team goals is to construct and conquer your goals with keeping the greater good of the team in mind. Conflict as it arises should be combated and abated through swift and thorough resolution techniques. When dealt with properly conflict resolution can give rise to a cohesive...
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GROUPS AND /OR TEAMS ARE THE ONLY SOLUTION TO CHALLENGES FACING ORGANISATIONS IN THEIR QUEST FOR EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS. DISCUSSA group/a team can be defined as people with complementary skills who come together with a common purpose, performance goals and a similar approach in reaching the organizational goals and objectives. Often the words teams and groups are used interchangeably, their difference is not so fundamental, though according to Handy (1993) there is one key difference between the two, he states that groups are made of a number of people who are thrown together to...
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Nature of Conflict and its CausesUnderstanding conflict dynamics and cultural approaches to conflict management help teams to distill key points vital to a successful and productive resolution of team conflict.There are four basic types of conflict: emotional, cognitive, constructive and destructive. Emotional and destructive conflicts lead to an inability to resolve issues. Cognitive and constructive conflicts are a necessary part of finding successful solutions as a team.Emotional conflict is "personal,...
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Team DynamicsTeam Dynamics.Within the last quarter century, the importance of teams has been recognized as a very significant aspect of business world. During this recent time much has been written and talked about the need to understand the processes involved in team building and functioning. Teams should not be created overnight by bringing group of individuals together because teams need time to develop and mature.Organizations are increasingly focusing on teams to boost...
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Conflict Resolution in Work Teams:Working Together to Achieve ResultsAbstractUnderstanding conflict is a key element in effectively achieving conflict resolution. Although conflict proves to have benefits and drawbacks, conflict resolution is an important aspect of team unity. An important work-team responsibility is to create a team environment in which conflict can be managed, not avoided. By using the appropriate approaches and methods to manage conflict, conflict resolution can effectively be achieved.Conflict Resolution in Work Teams:Working...
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Conflict ResolutionThe trend in American companies is toward the use of self-directed work teams. This is the result of the theory that people doing the work are the experts in their jobs and they may be the best managers. Self-directed work teams are small groups of employees who have the daily responsibility of managing themselves as a group as well as managing the work with which they are involved. The responsibilities of team members may range from handling their job assignments to conducting team meetings, to determining work schedules. Increased efficiency can be realized with the use...
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IntroductionTeam development is an important tool for any organization to succeed. Management's responsibility is to help team members work effectively together and this is no easy task. What makes a team successful? Team development is the most important factor for a high performing team. To make an effective, developed team, first of all understanding what team development is. Teams consist of different people within groups who are brought together collectively to reach a common goal, objective and purpose. Teams can be as large or small, the effectiveness is what counts. Teams can be global or can be local....
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As defined by Esquivel and Kleiner, "conflict is generally a disagreement regarding interests or ideas" (1997, p. 89). Conflict does not only happen within groups, but it can also happen within an individual. Although, conflict is usually viewed as being a negative force, it also has "important implications in increasing the effectiveness of a team's decision making process (Esquivel & Kleiner, 1997, p. 89). Conflict will only become a problem if it is not dealt with properly. Even though team mates should be able to come to an agreement while solving conflicts, resolutions can be very difficult to...
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AbstractThis paper is based on an article about Self-Managed Work teams and how these teams may seem to be a wonderful idea; however, have more disadvantages than advantages. Self-Managed Work Teams are designed to take over more functions within a company and produce higher levels of success. Functions like: work and production scheduling, work assignments, administrative duties and many more. These teams are well trained and chosen from employees within the company. As good as Self-Managed Work Teams seem to be, there are many negative aspects to the teams....
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Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking<Name>Social Psychology - PSY/400June 21, 2010�Conflicts and disputes exist every, among all people, and they are an inevitable part of life. Conflict may arise anytime people interact, and it cab be caused by differences in culture, personality, performance, expectations, or poor...
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Leadership ConflictAssignment#4byCharles C. WhitingDr. ArmstrongNGTE-0705-GY1Nova Southeastern UniversityMarch 29, 2009In most organizations, they deal with conflict which can range from mild disagreements to outright hostility. Conflict can result from the lack of mission enrollment, poor communication, low morale, or personal disputes among management or staff. It is also inevitable among humans. Conflict is a natural disagreement resulting from individuals or groups that differ in attitudes, beliefs, values or needs. While many people see conflict...
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Conflict resolution is the process of attempting to resolve a dispute or a conflict. Although wouldn't it be nice if all team members could get along when working together on assignments? That would be perfect in an ideal world, but in reality the question is: Do we know how to deal with conflicts when working on teams? Conflicts can have positive and negative outcomes. It all depends on how you handle the conflict by gathering the correct information without making accusations and focus on what the issues are not who did what (studygs.net 2002). There are differences among team members that rise to conflicts like backgrounds, personalities, moral, and ethical beliefs. However, we should...
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Conflict as a Measure of Team Development
The ability of a team to resolve conflict is a valid measure of team development. The role of conflict in work teams is determined by the manner in which it is managed. Conflict is a driving force of change that can result in improved decision-making processes and progressive team development. However, teams must learn to be confrontational without destroying the team process. Teams are able to handle conflict and perform at a high level by following a framework of communication needed for managing conflict constructively. Teams capable of mediating their own conflicts, improve both productivity and member relationships without the fallout.
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A leader needs to form a matrix team. A matrix team includes work groups, cross-functional teams, task forces, problem solving teams, committees, and special project teams. Most of these teams are in small groups, such as departments, function or organizations. These teams will help to either solve problems or achieve goals. (Davenport & Prusak, 1998)Effective teams will have open-ended meetings and develop active problem-solving strategies that go beyond discussing, deciding, and delegating what to do; they do real work together. When necessary, individuals in a team will set aside their own work to assist other members of the team. In a well-functioning team, performance is based on...
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Teams in the Workforce
The working environment in the United States and in many other countries is undergoing tremendous change. The global marketplace, international trade, and the Internet have brought about a new way of looking at business. Competition has risen to levels never before attained. In order for businesses to succeed in such a competitive market, they must change their organizational structures and the way they conduct their work processes. However, change is difficult. People are the heart of any organization and in order to change people, it takes time. Collaboration is one of the new constructs that will replace hierarchy as the new inter-relational...
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Characteristics of Effective Self-directed Learning TeamsSelf-directed work teams are defined as "groups of employees who are responsible for a complete, self-contained package of responsibilities that relate to a final product or ongoing process. Team members' posses a variety of technical skills that will develop new skills to increase their versatility, flexibility and value to the work team." (Attaran, 1999, p. 24)In order to develop into an effective self managed work team, the following skills must be mastered: participation, listening, communication, leadership, self-assessment and...
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Conflict occurs whenever disagreement exists in a social situation over issues of substance or whenever emotional antagonisms create frictions between individuals or groups. Managers can spend a great deal of time handling conflicts in the workplace. Such conflicts can include management involvement as one of the key factors. There may also be the type of conflicts where management may represent a third party involved. The manager may also act as a mediator whose job it is to resolve conflicts between other employees. Managers must also have a certain level of comfort in dealing with interpersonal conflicts. They must be able to recognize certain situations that could ultimately result in...
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Team Creation PaperKendra PittsProject Management MGT 437Ray De PuyJanuary 21, 2008Identify potential areas of conflict within a diverse project teamIdentify techniques for reducing the probability of dysfunctional conflictIdentify conflict resolution techniques that will be used when conflict arisesTeams are groups of individuals linked for a common purpose. To assure the success of a team, team members' strengths and weaknesses must be identified and used appropriately. In order to accomplish this, open communication must be present to allow for...
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Team DynamicsTeam Dynamics in many organizations improve both productivity and employee satisfaction. Many work organizations tend to have a growing trend of implementing new work teams. These teams in turn are largely having an affect on what the new business world is all about. These "teams" are already being put into action, but how do teams come together and how do they work? Explained in the course of this document is the what, how, and why's of teams in the work place.Teams are defined as a collection of individuals who exist in a larger social system, such as an...
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Dealing with Conflict in Work Teams
Conflict will always exist when a group or team is composed with different people with different approaches and ideas with dealing with situations. Learning to work together with dealing with conflict can and will provide your group or team with a quick resolution. Conflict can not be avoided and is inevitable in letting a team develop and provide a constructive and possibly beneficial outcome in managing the conflict.
When we generally think of conflict it is a very negative thought about the team member. Usually there is arguing, yelling or disagreeing which can make others feel uncomfortable. Learning how to deal and handle these disagreements...
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Name : Daniel HensonStudent number: 1420911/1 Word count: 1984Title: Analysis of skills needed by international managers working with virtual global teams, compared to traditional team building skills needed to cope with heterogeneous groups from within a single culture.Analysis of skills needed by international managers working with virtual global teams, compared to traditional team building skills needed to cope with heterogeneous groups from within a single...
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Managing Conflict in TeamsConflict exists everywhere. An airplane traveling through the sky is in constant conflict with the forces of gravity and wind resistance. A moving vehicle is also in conflict with surface upon which it travels. Conflict can be both good and bad. If the forces of gravity overcome the airplane, that would be bad. If there were no conflict between the moving vehicle and the road known as friction, the vehicle would be out of control. While these examples are of a physical nature, we will look at conflicts arising between different people in different situations, and ways to overcome.A team is usually a small group of people that have the same goals and...
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Thesis Statement: The process of conflict resolution includes determining the conflict, choosing the right approach and resolving the conflict.I (Hook) There are many variances to determining conflict.II (Transition) Conflicts can arise in many different ways.III (Thesis) Although there are many different approaches we will focus on.A. Determining the conflictB. Choosing the right approachC. Resolving the conflictIV (Body) Define the sources of conflictA. AvoidanceB. AccommodationC. CompetitionD. CompromiseE. CollaborationV (Body) Conflict MethodsA. ReasonsB. ReactionsC....
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Conflict Resolution in Work TeamsFamilies, employees, working teams, and ethnic groups are faced with conflict daily. Facing conflicts and having the capability to resolve them are crucial within our society. Some conflicts can be avoided, but when working in a team environment, more conflicts are apt to arise. Being able to successfully resolve conflicts within a team can be a difficult task for a team leader. Understanding the importance of conflict resolution within a team, and learning to deal with conflicts are the first skills that a team leader must master.Conflict resolution is...
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Work groups are the basic building blocks of an organization, and contribute toorganizational effectiveness when group goals are aligned with organizational goals,and a team is a specific type of group. In most organizations today formal groups mayconsist of employees who are responsible for an identifiable work process, a specificproject, or a problem that needs solving, and are often referred to as a "team", and hasthe potential to dramatically affect an organization's performance.In recent years, teams have emerged as the most important group phenomenonin organizations. The term "team" is not new to organizations, and teamwork has...
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IntroductionOrganizations are often searching for ways to have a competitive advantage over their competition. In a global environment this is illustrated by, "continually reshaping the organization to maximize strengths, address threats, and increase speed" (Duarte & Snyder, 1999, p.3). Recently this advantage has made inroads into the strategic operations process through the use of virtual teams.The rapid growth of knowledge, time-based competition, technology, and globalization has caused the business environment to no longer operate within the same parameters as it did in the past. Firms across the...
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Discuss the importance of 'group dynamics' to organisational performance. What constitutes positive and negative group dynamics and why is it important for managers to have a good understanding of group dynamics? Using business examples, discuss some of the implications of good and bad group dynamics for organisations.Group Dynamics"Use of work teams; groups of employees with interdependent interaction and mutually shared responsibility, has increased dramatically during the past decade" (Gibson 2003: 444) Fong (1999) attributes the driving force behind this trend to increased competitiveness across industries, particularly those involved in global business. The new organisational...
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According to Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn (2005) high-performance team has core values, clear performance objectives, the right mix of skills, and creativity. There are several ways to create a high performing team they are communicate performance standards, in the first meeting tone should be set, develop a sense of urgency, members need to have the right skills, establish expectations for behavior, be a good leader by modeling expected behavior, routinely introduce new information, encourage team members to spend time together, provide positive feedback, and reward high-performance.
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Building a high performance team with diversity can be a challenge. Diversity in teams can bring interpersonal conflict to a team. Cultural diversity can also improve the end result of a team's mission. I will examine multiple aspects of groups and teams, and the issues and benefits of a heterogeous team.A group is a two or more people working with each other consistently to attain common goals. Individuals in the group are dependant on each other to advance toward the common goal within a certain allotted period. A group working in a potato chip factory might have a time period of a day to achieve the goal of 10 tons of potato chips. While a group working to merge to large banks...
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"A team is defined as a group of two or more individuals engaged in some joint action with a specific mission or goal in mind" (Eckes, 2002). Forming teams permits a group of individuals to achieve a specific task that a single individual would be unable to achieve on his or her own. Many companies are relying more and more on these types of teams. "Typically in many organizations, layers of management have been replaced by self directed teams, which are becoming the basic building blocks of many businesses. Business leaders now realize that a team and mentoring approach can be the catalyst for superior performance" (Lembach, 2005, p. 2, 3). For a team to assure a successful future, the...