Learning unit 13 - Group behaviour and other social processes in organisations.pdf

Learning unit 13 - Group behaviour and other social processes in organisations.pdf

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6/23/2019 Modules: Print Module 1/4 Learning unit 13: Group behaviour and other social processes in organisations This Learning unit covers Chapter 11 in your prescribed book 13.1. Chapter synopsis Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception In this group behaviour is dealt with, and contains information on types of groups and the reasons for their development. It also focuses on the structure of groups, group dynamics, and group decision-making processes and techniques. Organisations, which is also a group, are social systems with their own unique cultures, which are influenced by the founder’s philosophy, the management’s behaviour and the nature of the organisation. The ideal organisational culture is one that enables the organisation to adapt to environmental changes. Organisational socialisation is the process whereby newcomers adapt to the organisational culture or the preferred ways of doing things. Organisational change and development are aimed at helping the organisation to adapt to a changing environment by improving the structure, processes and behaviour in the organisation. Facilitators play an important role in groups because they provide guidance and support to management and group members on group functioning and how tasks are executed. KEY CONCEPTS: Refer to the additional resources for chapter 11. 13.2. Introduction Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception In more recent work environments organisations are often characterised by flatter structures and teams. Organisational members belong to many groups in the organisation at the same time. Knowledge of and competencies that relate to group behaviour are a fundamental requirement for a psychologist in the work context to understand organisations as open social systems. Therefore the aim of this chapter is to investigate the attributes and dynamics of groups, introduce organisations as open social systems, discuss socialisation, and briefly explain the processes involved in social change and development in organisations.
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