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Ch 13: Groups and Work Teams: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Groups and Work Teams chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the essentials of group behavior on work teams in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Groups and Work Teams chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Group formation, social identity theory and stages of group development Command, task and formal groups; similarity, uncertainty reduction, distinctiveness, storming and norming
Tuesday Member qualities and roles; influence of group type and status on behavior Role expectation, perception and conflict; performance, resource allocation and social arrangement norms; status characteristics theory and disequilibrium
Wednesday Effects of size on group performance; group cohesion Social loafing, social facilitation, polarization and cohesiveness
Thursday Comparison of groups and teams; types of work teams Work groups vs. work teams; functional, cross-functional and self-directed work teams
Friday Team effectiveness Clear goals, common purpose, diversity, trust and communication

12 Lessons in Chapter 13: Groups and Work Teams: Lesson Plans
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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.

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