mgr final test.docx - Work teams today Current increase in organizations use of work teams to Achieve strategic objectives Produce goods and services

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Work teams today Current increase in organizations’ use of work teams to: Achieve strategic objectives Produce goods and services Design new products Solve organizational problems Lead organizations Teams are used across all industries and global organizations Sex effects in mixed sex teams Definition: When men’s and women’s behavior in teams or experiences as team members differ In mixed-sex teams: Sex is a distinguishing factor between others Influences interactions Influences the evaluation of behaviors Dimensions of communication styles and behavior (104-105) Communication style Self-assertion and dominance (male associated) Deference and warmth (female associated) Behavior types o Task behaviors- contribute directly to the groups task Males devote a somewhat higher percentage of communications to task behavior o Social behaviors-maintain morale and interpersonal relations among team members Women display a higher percentage of positive social behaviors
Evaluation of Task Contributions and Group Influence Men Have more positive evaluations of their task contributions Tend to have more influence in mixed-sex teams Are more likely to become informal leaders Women Women: Tend to devalue their own performances Are judged on a higher standard Receive less social support from team members when recognized as better performers Are more influenced than men Increasing Evaluations of Influence Female behaviors Confidence, assertiveness Receive less feedback, makes a woman less influential, especially among male team members Increases influence among other women Viewed as less likeable than male counterpart Assertiveness combined with “friendly, nice” behaviors Demonstrates a desire to help the entire group Combination not required of men Sex Similarity Effects How does team composition affect women’s and men’s experiences as team members? Factors to consider:
If the individual’s sex in the group is a minority Women vs. men in the minority Exact number of each sex within the group Four Major Work Groups ( Two Extremes: Uniform and Balanced groups Uniform groups o All males or all females (no sex issues) Balanced groups o Approximately equal numbers of women and men Skewed group have a ratio of one sex to another ranging from about 85:15 to almost 100:0. Members of the sex in abundance in skewed groups are called “dominants” because they control the group and its culture. Members of the other sex are called “tokens” because they are viewed as representatives of their sex rather than as individuals.

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