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Ch 15: Groups and Work Teams: Help and Review

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The Groups and Work Teams chapter of this Organizational Behavior Help and Review course is the simplest way to understand groups and work teams. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of groups and work teams.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding social identity theory or groups and work teams
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  • Verify you're ready by completing the groups and work teams chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a groups and work teams unit of a standard organizational behavior course. Topics covered include:

  • Stages of group development
  • Social identity theory
  • Roles of group members
  • How group status influences individual behavior
  • The difference between groups and teams

22 Lessons in Chapter 15: Groups and Work Teams: Help and Review
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Groups in Organizations: Formation & Types

1. Groups in Organizations: Formation & Types

There are many different types of groups, likely more than you may be aware of. In this lesson, we will explore the various types of groups and how they are defined. We will also look at how or why they form, as this will give us a better understanding of their focus and design.

Social Identity Theory: Definition and Examples

2. Social Identity Theory: Definition and Examples

We all have conceptual thoughts about who we are and what our own identity is. Those same thoughts can apply to our self concepts when we look at the groups we belong to and our own internal self identity. In this lesson we will explore these aspects and delve deeper into social identity theory.

Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning

3. Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing & Adjourning

Managers must be able to recognize and understand group behavior at its various stages. This lesson explains Tuckman's five stages of group development, including forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning.

Qualities of Group Members: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

4. Qualities of Group Members: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Groups have a lot of dynamics, and in many ways, those dynamics are made up of the members in the group. Each member brings different knowledge, skills and abilities to the group, and in this lesson, we will address those three key areas.

Roles of Group Members: Perceptions, Expectations & Conflict

5. Roles of Group Members: Perceptions, Expectations & Conflict

Groups are made up of people who each have their own perceptions and expectations of the group and its work. If those perceptions and expectations are not met, conflict can arise. In this lesson, we'll identify the types of roles in groups and see the interplay of expectations, perceptions and conflict within a group.

How Types of Group Norms Influence Individual Behavior

6. How Types of Group Norms Influence Individual Behavior

Groups, though made up of individuals, have their own sets of norms. These sets develop as the group grows and interacts and can change a person's behavior that might be new to the group. Here we review types of norms present in groups and their potential impact on an individual's behavior.

How Group Status Influences Individual Behavior

7. How Group Status Influences Individual Behavior

Our social status, or, more specifically, how we feel our social status is viewed by others, impacts our behavior in many ways. This lesson explores how belonging to certain status groups can influence how we behave and see others.

How Size Affects Group Performance

8. How Size Affects Group Performance

Group size has a direct impact on group productivity and function, allowing different roles to emerge that will influence how the group operates and interacts. In this lesson, we will review group size as a variable in group performance.

Becoming a Cohesive Group: Using Team Building to Increase Group Cohesion

9. Becoming a Cohesive Group: Using Team Building to Increase Group Cohesion

Have you ever wondered why some groups seem to work better together than others? In this lesson you will learn what it means to be a cohesive group and how team building activities can be used to increase group cohesion.

The Difference Between Groups and Teams: Definition & Contrasts

10. The Difference Between Groups and Teams: Definition & Contrasts

Although subtle, there are differences between groups and teams. These are typically the reason the group or team was assembled and the goal they are trying to obtain. In this lesson, we will address the differences between groups and teams.

Types of Work Teams: Functional, Cross-Functional & Self-Directed

11. Types of Work Teams: Functional, Cross-Functional & Self-Directed

Teams have become a popular way of organizing employees in organizations. This lesson identifies three different types of work teams: functional, cross-functional and self-directed teams.

Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

12. Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

Effective teams can contribute heavily to the success of an organization. This lesson explores the key characteristics that make teams effective in the business world. You'll see an example of each characteristic and learn about underlying, supportive aspects of effectiveness.

Functional Areas of a Business: Definition & Groups

13. Functional Areas of a Business: Definition & Groups

Many companies organize their employees into functional areas. Read on to learn what a functional area is, why a company might organize into functional areas, and descriptions of some common functional groupings.

What is Workforce Diversity? - Definition & Issues

14. What is Workforce Diversity? - Definition & Issues

Workforce diversity is a valuable asset for any business that seeks a competitive advantage in the global economy. Learn about the issues associated with workforce diversity and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Identity Achievement: Definition & Example

15. Identity Achievement: Definition & Example

Do you know anyone who has a well-defined sense of what their values and goals are in life and are highly committed to making them happen? If so, you that person has reached identity achievement. Learn more about identity achievement from this lesson and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Cross-Functional Teams: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

16. Cross-Functional Teams: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, you will learn about cross-functional teams, their advantages, disadvantages, and take a look at an example. You will also have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a short quiz after the lesson.

Forming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

17. Forming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

The forming stage is the first stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. Learn about the definition and features of the forming stage, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Performing Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

18. Performing Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

The performing stage is the fourth stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. Learn about the definition and features of the performing stage, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Personal Mastery and Peter Senge: Definition & Examples

19. Personal Mastery and Peter Senge: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn what personal mastery is, and some examples will be provided to illustrate the concept in action. You'll have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge after the lesson with a short quiz.

Self-Directed Teams: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

20. Self-Directed Teams: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

There are many types of teams found in different business organizations. In this lesson, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of self-directed teams.

Storming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

21. Storming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

The storming stage is the second stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. In this lesson, you'll learn about the definition and features of the storming stage.

Team Building Activities for Teachers

22. Team Building Activities for Teachers

When you have a strong and vibrant teaching community, this has a knock on effect for student learning. Team-building activities can be helpful in developing such a community. Check out some of these ideas for team-building activities.

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