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The Psychology of Groups - Chapter Summary
This interesting chapter is comprised of short video lessons covering the psychology of groups. Some of the topics presented in these easy-to-navigate videos include decision making in groups and the development of groups. Experienced instructors have created these videos so your study experience is self-paced, engaging and fruitful. We've also provided short quizzes with each lesson as a way for you to test your understanding before an exam or before moving on to other subjects and chapters. Our chapter is designed to help you:
- Outline group behavior
- Discuss the different stages of group development
- Describe the factors that influence workplace group behavior
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of group decision making
- Define groupthink and provide examples
- Differentiate between teams and groups
1. Group Behavior in Social Psychology: Definition & Influences
Do individuals behave differently in groups than they would on their own? How do group dynamics affect our decision-making skills? You'll learn about the benefits and potential pitfalls than can come from belonging to a group.
2. 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.
3. Influences on Group Behavior in the Workplace
Any workplace is comprised of groups of individuals. The way these groups behave can be an important aspect of culture and performance. In this lesson, we'll discuss what might influence group behavior.
4. Strengths and Weaknesses of Group Decision Making
Group decision making is when a group of individuals tackle a problem together to achieve a solution. There are both strengths and weaknesses to this type of organizational decision making.
5. Groupthink: Definition & Examples
Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.
6. 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.
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