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GROUPS AS A WHOLE Groups as a whole Sarah Cross MGT415 November 19, 2010 For: Danielle Camacho
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GROUPS AS A WHOLE 2 Groups as a whole Groups are very complex relationships consisting of at least two or more people. Groups share similar characteristics such as group dynamics, cohesiveness, social influence, and leadership. Group dynamics is based on how group members are interdependent on one another to achieve mutual goals, even though research says groups are not always valid and relevant; however, groups are more effective in a work environment. Group cohesiveness is how groups bond and stick together, it is also important and affects group processes. Social influence, or interaction, is how members interacting together affect decision-making. Leadership is also an important part of groups, and it is even possible for leaders to emerge from groups. Noted, group members’ perceptions about leadership are just as important as why it pertains to group outcomes. Although work groups are very important and helpful, sometimes teams are more effective in certain situations. In the end, every aspect of a group and/or team is equally important, and necessary to be effective. Group Dynamics According to my text, Joining together: group theory and group skills (2006), “knowledge of group dynamics is central to effective business and industries” (Johnson & Johnson, p. 13). With that being said, it is important to understand group dynamics in the business world because “what makes organizations viable today is their ability to create teams dominated by a culture of learning, continuous improvement, and adaptation. In turn, what makes people viable employees is their ability to work in small groups and produce results” (Johnson & Johnson, p. 13).
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GROUPS AS A WHOLE 3 Positive interdependence is linked with cooperation; therefore, positive interdependence helps to achieve mutual goals in groups because group members cooperate with each other in order to achieve outcomes beneficial to all involved. Members of any given group note that they will reach their goals, if and only if, all other members of the group reach their goals as well. Referring back to my text, Joining together: group theory and group skills (2006), “social interdependence exists when individuals share common goals and each individual’s outcomes are affected by the actions of others” (Johnson & Johnson, p. 91). Adding more to the previous quote, positive social interdependence seems to be the best way to achieve the group’s mutual goals. It is said that research about groups is not always valid and relevant for many different reasons. For example, groups do not always occupy valid, relevant information.
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This note was uploaded on 07/29/2011 for the course MGT 415 taught by Professor Bess during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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