Team_Synergy_project

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University of California Haas School of Business S105: Organizational Behavior Summer 2009 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL TEAM Instructor: Professor Holly Schroth Team Synergy (Group #2) Group member: Alejandra Alonso Chang Ya Chen(Tiffany) David Chang Justin Cheadle
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The California Golden Bears football team was established in 1886 and is part of the University of California, Berkeley. The Golden Bears is home to Memorial Stadium which was built in 1921 to honor those who lost their lives in World War I. One interview was conducted with the current head coach, Jeff Tedford, who began his tenure in 2002. The other interview was done with a player on the football team, Ernie Owusu. Ernie was recruited out of The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey in 2006. The California football team attracts fans from all over the San Francisco bay area composed mainly of alumni and students. Team Synergy believes that attending a California football game is one of the best ways for students to relax from a week of classes. However, we feel that along with this great responsibility of pleasing the crowd comes a lot of stress. Stress is defined as “a dynamic condition in which an individual is confronted with an opportunity, a demand, or a resource related to what the individual desires and for which the outcome is perceived to be both uncertain and important" (1). It is our goal to uncover where and how the coaching staff and players of the California football team are receiving stress and what they do to manage that stress. We discovered that Jeff and Ernie agreed that time management was their main source of stress. As we learned in lecture, stress can be brought on by time pressures, fear of reprimand, role conflict and poor relations with the boss. Jeff mentioned, “Cal football demands a lot from our players both on field and in the classroom.” Ernie felt that “time management is key to a football player because we have so much to do and the only way we can handle it all is to manage our time effectively.” Ernie explained, “Our schedule is packed. We have weights in the morning, followed by breakfast, then
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classes until one. At one fifteen, we have to be in meetings and be taped for practice, which last from three to about six, then we have dinner, and then we end our nights at study hall from seven to ten.” We feel that their restrictive schedule has an adverse effect on their stress levels and can be evidenced by lecture slides which state that restrictions on behavior and too much work are some of the sources of stress. Although time pressures are a factor in causing stress, they are not as deconstructive as the use of punishment. Another source of stress can come from fear of reprimand. Ernie then told us that the players can get fined from their scholarship checks, do extra conditioning or attend mandatory study hours if the players don’t please the coaches. As we learned in lecture, the authoritative figures enforce punishments to help run organization successfully,
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