Group Dynamics for Teams

Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-04-28
Publisher(s): SAGE Publications, Inc
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This textbook arrived in great shape and was everything as described. I expedited the shipping and it arrived in two days. This book is outstanding! Full of great theories that can be bridged to real life experiences. It was the source of key information during our class on Work Groups & Teams in Organizations. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to form a cohesive team in their organization.

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This clear and engaging book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this book helps readers understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work.

Key Features

-Basic group dynamics concepts, such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication examined

-Examines basic group dynamics concepts, such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication Reviews the main challenges that teams face-such as conflict, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and valuing diversity

-Discusses the organizational context of teams-including the impacts of organizational culture, virtual teamwork, rewarding teams, and team building

-An appendix contains tools and advice to help students in project teams

-(New!)This text is appropriate for students enrolled in courses on teams or group dynamics in psychology, business, or other related fields.

"The author’s analysis is very up-to-date, for he includes chapters on very recent analyses of teams, such as questions of diversity and teams-communicating-via-computers. . . . The book’s key strength is its aim to help students and professionals better understand the groups to which they belong by reviewing key concepts in the area of groups." -Donelson R. Forsyth

Table of Contents

Characteristics of Teams
Understanding Teams
Learning Objectives
Defining Groups and Teams
Purposes and Types of Teams
Why Organizations Are Using Teams
History of Teams and Group Dynamics
Team Leader's Challenge 1
Activity: Groups Versus Teams
Defining Team Success
Learning Objectives
Nature of Team Success
Conditions for Team Success
Characteristics of Successful Teams
Using Teams in the Workplace
Team Leader's Challenge 2
Activity: Understanting Team Success
Processes of Teamwork
Team Beginnings
Learning Objectives
Stages of Teamwork
Group Socialization
Team Goals
Group Norms
Application: Jump-Starting Project Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 3
Survey: Attitudes Toward Teamwork
Activity: Observing Team Norms
Understanding the Basic Team Processes
Learning Objectives
Group Cohesion
Team Roles
Task and Social Behaviors
Team Adaptation and Learning
Team Leader's Challenge 4
Activity: Observing Task and Social Behaviors
Cooperation and Competition
Learning Objectives
Teamwork as a Mixed-Motive Situation
Why Are People in Teams Competitive?
Problems With Competition
Benefits of and Problems With Cooperation
Application: Encouraging Cooperation
Team Leader's Challenge 5
Survey: Cooperative, Competitive, or Individualistic Orientation
Activity: Understanding Competitive Versus Cooperative Goals
Learning Objectives
Communication Process
Flow of a Team's Communications
Building Trust
Facilitating Team Meetings
Communication Skills for Team Meetings
Team Leader's Challenge 6
Activity: Observing Communication Patterns in a Team
Issues Teams Face
Managing Conflict
Learning Objectives
Conflict Is Normal
Sources of Conflict
Impact of Conflict
Conflict Resolution Approaches
Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration
Managing Team Conflicts
Team Leader's Challenge 7
Survey: Conflict Resolution Styles
Activity: Observing Conflict Resolution Styles
Power and Social Influence
Learning Objectives
Definitions of Power and Social Influence
Types of Power
Power Dynamics
Application: Acting Assertively
Team Leader's Challenge 8
Activity: Using Power Styles - Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive
Decision Making
Learning Objectives
Value of Group Decision Making
Approaches to Group Decision Making
Decision-Making Problems
Decision-Making Techniques
Application: Consensus Decision Making
Team Leader's Challenge 9
Activity: Consensus Decision Making
Learning Objectives
Alternative Designs of Leadership for Teams
Approaches to Leadership
Situational Leadership Theory
Self-Managing Teams
Application: The Functional Approach to Leading Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 10
Survey: Leadership Styles
Activity: Observing the Leader's Behavior
Problem Solving
Learning Objectives
Approaches to Prolem Solving
Descriptive Approach: How Groups Solve Problems
Functional Approach: Advice on Improving Group Problem Solving
Prescriptive Approach: Rational Problem-Solving Model
Problem-Solving Teams
Application: Problem-Solving Techniques for Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 11
Activity: Using Problem-Solving Techniques
Learning Objectives
Creativity and Its Characteristics
Individual Creativity
Group Creativity
Organizational Environment and Creativity
Application: Group Creativity Techniques
Team Leader's Challenge 12
Activity: Comparing Different Creativity Techniques
Learning Objectives
The Nature of Diversity
Causes of Diversity Problems
Problem of Diversity
Effects of Diversity
Application: Managing Diversity
Team Leader's Challenge 13
Survey: Attitudes Toward Diversity
Activity: Understanding Gender and Status Differences in a Team
Organizational Context of Teams
Team and Organizational Culture
Learning Objectives
Team Culture
Defining Organizational Culture
Dimensions of Organizational Culture
Organizational Culture and Teamwork
Transnational Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 14
Survey: Individualism-Collectivism
Activity: Evaluating a Team's Culture
Virtual Teams
Learning Objectives
Use of Communication Technologies
Communication Impacts
Team Impacts
Selecting the Right Technology
Challenge of Virtual Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 15
Activity: Developing Netiquette for Virtual Teams
Evaluating and Rewarding Teams
Learning Objectives
Team Performance Evaluations
Reward Systems
Rewarding Individual Team Members
Team and Organizational Reward Programs
Relationship of Rewards to Types of Teams
Team Leader's Challenge 16
Survey: Individual Versus Team Rewards
Activity: Evaluating and Rewarding a Project Team
Team-Building and Team Training
Learning Objectives
What is Team-Building?
Does Your Team Need Team-Building?
Types of Team-Building Programs
Team Training
Types of Training
Team Leader's Challenge 17
Activity: Team Building
Activity: Appreciative Inquiry of Teamwork
Appendix: Guide to Student Team Projects
Starting the Team
Planning and Developing the Project
Monitoring the Project and Maintaining Teamwork
Performing Group Writing
Wrapping Up and Completing the Project
About the Author
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