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The Punctuated-Equilibrium Model Model Described: The Punctuated-Equilibrium Model consists of six different stages of a group’s processes. The first stage is the direction set by the group’s first meeting. This first meeting covers a framework of the group’s direction using goals and assumptions of not only the work to be done, but of the people as well. Group members feel they have so much time to complete the project that they relax and socialize. This 2nd stage of group activity is one of inertia. The transition phase comes at the halfway point of the completion date. A feeling of a “ mid-life crisis ” is felt. A sense of urgency appears. Problems are confronted. Criticism begins to be taken seriously. Stage four is characterized by initiating the changes developed during the transition, dropping of old patterns, and adoption of new perspectives; the group set new directions for their goals. Following this transition, the fifth stage is once again characterized by inertia. Finally, the last stage of the Punctuated-Equilibruim Model is characterized by accelerated activity.
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  • Spring '08
  • Staff
  • Mid-Life Crisis, stage group development, punctuated-equilibrium model, punctuated-equilibrium model characterizes

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