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Keller Graduate School of ManagementDeVry UniversityCase StudyNameMGMT591: Leadership and Organizational BehaviorProfessor: xxx3/21/2015Introduction
2The study case is about the Woodson Foundation, a large nonprofit social service agency, which iscollaborating with the public school system in Washington, D.C. to improve student outcomes. Theschools have problems with truancy, low student performance, and crime. The plan is to create anexperimental after-school program that will combine the Woodson Foundation’s skill in raising privatemoney and coordinating community leaders with the educational expertise of school staff. Part of the process includes forming an executive development team to span multiple functional areas andestablish the operating plan for improving school performance. The members of this group would berepresentatives from Woodson Foundation, the school district and the National Coalition for ParentalInvolvement in Education (NCPIE).This study case analyzes the case by reflecting on it and on textbook material to answer the groupdevelopment stage, the key problems and a possible solution.Part 1: Group DevelopmentThere is a predictable evolution sequence that group-development generally passes through, which isknown by the five-stage group-development model. It consists of five distinct stages: forming, storming,norming, performing, and adjourning. Each stage is characterized as the following:First stage: Forming- Characterized by a great deal of uncertainty about the group’s purpose, structure,and leadership (Robbins 275). In this stage, members are getting to know each other to find out whichbehaviors are acceptable. This is when members begin to think of themselves as parts of the group.According to the case study, each group has its own interests, and in some cases these are directlyopposed to one another. Although there are possible candidates selected to contribute to an executive