Week 2 Assignment - Organizational Teams

Week 2 Assignment - Organizational Teams - Organizational...

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Organizational Teams 1 Formation of Groups into Organizational Teams Carla A. Smith-Todman Management Communications with Technology Tools BUS600 Dr. Paula Zobisch November 10, 2010 Ashford University
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Organizational Teams 2 There is a distinct difference between groups and teams. Groups are defined as two or more freely interacting individuals who share collective goals and norms and have a common identity. Teams are a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves accountable. According to famed educational psychologist, Bruce W. Tuckman’s model, the development of a group combines five stages which are forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. A simpler explanation would be the creation of the group; testing the groups’ chain of command; cohesiveness of the group; solving task problems; and completion of task. Groups evolve into teams when the first three stages of group development are bypassed and task groups have matured to the performing stage. At this phase, teams share open communication, strong group effort and collaborative assistance (2008, p. 279-306). The evolution of a work group into a team occurs when certain challenges arises. First, there must be a shared activity; second, responsibility is no longer independent but both individual and collective; third, the group must have a purpose or mission; fourth, solving problems is not general but constant; and last, the group’s combined efforts and results displays
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