A Group is a collection of people who share a common purpose and identity

A Group is a collection of people who share a common purpose and identity

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GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS A Group is a collection of people who share a common purpose and identity— may be as few as two people—share a sense of belonging and create boundaries—groups are the essence of life in society Aggregate —a group of people who are accidentally together but share little else in common—may share a common purpose (getting to a bus stop) but nothing else— temporarily share the same physical space and, most importantly, do not see themselves as belonging together Category —a group of people who share a similar characteristic (education, race, gender, age, etc.) but who have never met—usually do not create a social structure-- sometimes aggregates become a category and then a social group Formal organization —the ultimate step including procedures and structure, to achieve a specific goal in the most efficient manner—college, factory, club—see Etizioni’s description of formal groups and Weber’s discussion of bureaucracies-- TYPES OF GROUPS Charles H. Cooley (1909) developed terms: Primary group
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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