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PRDV203: Introduction to Management

Unit 9: About Groups and Teams   When people hear the word teamthey usually think of sports. Teams, however, also are associated with organizations of all types – business, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and units. The Japanese auto industry, with its tremendous success in the 1980s, provided the business world with teams as a new model of production. Ever since, teams have been a common organizational feature in the business landscape.
 
In this section, you will learn what is meant by the terms teamand teamworkin the business sense. You will learn about your role as team leader. You will also learn what it takes to build winning, high-performance teams. Finally, you will see how to turn your team into a problem-solving unit.

Unit 9 Time Advisory
Completing this unit should take you approximately 1.25 hours.

☐    Subunit 9.1: 0.5 hours

☐    Subunit 9.2: 0.75 hours

Unit9 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to: - describe types of groups; - identify and describe stages of group development; - describe group characteristics that are beneficial and detrimental to productivity; and - recognize key roles that team members must play to ensure high performance.

9.1 Group Formation and Dynamics   - Reading: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13, Introduction” and “Section 1: Group Dynamics” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Introduction” and “Section 1: Group Dynamics”
 
Instructions: Read the introduction and Section 1 of Chapter 13, “Managing Groups and Teams,” on pages 495-506.
 
These sections will give you an understanding of groups, how groups form, what defines teams, and which team design practices have yielded the best results over the years. Pay particular attention to the topic of cohesion; too much cohesion risks the issue of creating insularity and groupthink.
 
Reading these sections should take approximately 30 minutes.
 
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9.2 Your Experience with Group Dynamics   - Activity: Principles of Management: “Chapter 13, Section 1: Group Dynamics -Exercises” Link: Principles of Management (PDF): “Chapter 13, Section 1: Group Dynamics -Exercises”
 
Instructions: Answer the questions given in the “Exercises” section of Chapter 13 on page 506.
 
Answering the review questions should take approximately 45 minutes.
 
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  • Assessment: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 9 Assessment” Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “Unit 9 Assessment” (HTML)

    Instructions: Complete this assessment to assess your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit” button.