mgcr222_reflection_paper - Part I Observation The one...

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Part I. Observation The one experience from our interactive classes which significantly affected my view of the potential applications of organizational behaviour concepts was the most recent “Survival!” exercise. Its results appeared to be very meaningful to me as they evoked various thoughts on the upsides and downsides of group decision making and inspired me with excitement at the possibilities of effective problem solving in team environment. In this activity our entire class was divided in groups of four people, and we all were given handouts with instructions. The problem assumed a fictional setting in which every participant becomes a member of a lunar exploration crew ordered to meet with a mother ship at a particular spot on the moon surface. Due to unexpected technical problems, the crew’s ship was damaged and they had to land quite far from the meeting spot; the participant’s survival depends on reaching the aforementioned rendezvous place. Given the list of undamaged items that were left, everybody had to rank them independently by decreasing level of importance, on scale of 1 to 15, to select those which would more likely aid in reaching the ship. For future references, the list included exactly 15 things: matches, food concentrate, rope, parachute silk, portable heater, pistols, dehydrated milk, oxygen tanks, map of constellations, life raft, magnetic compass, water supply, signal flares, first aid kit and radio transceiver. On the first thought, this task did not pose much difficulty to me, since I have a good background in sciences; I presently study engineering and sure can figure what will be of little use on the moon. After everyone was finished ranking individually, we were asked to discuss our choices within our own group and make a team decision about ranking. I approached this part very responsively, playing a highly task-oriented role by supporting the members’ arguments which seemed more logical than mine and giving reasons about the items that to me seemed inapplicable in the described setting. Since we already knew each other to some extent, I felt quite open and enthusiastic; thus, it was a lively, fruitful discussion. Katie and Courtney, our CC’s, then revealed the expert ranking, and
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we calculated the total absolute differences between this (expert) and our rankings, individual and group ones separately. As it turned out, my individual score was only “average”, whereas the group score was almost “excellent”. The benefits of group decision making were clearly evident,
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