January 10th, 2018
Group Dynamics in Business organizations
Building working teams is essential to the success of firms in modern day business environment. Not only do effective teams enable organizations to achieve their objectives, but they also lead to enhanced employee satisfaction thus reducing labor turnover at the organization (Cohen, 2004). However how effective a team becomes in achieving the entity’s success and individual members’ satisfaction is subject to a number of factors. Some of these would be team member identity (the perception of an individual to be part of the team), team relationships (how well the members in the group interact), and organizational conflict (how an individual’s presence in the team would be perceived by those external to the team). For successful teams, such undercurrents should thus be appropriately addressed.
Teams however are not synonymous to groups. A number of differences could for instance be as pertain to where responsibility is vested. In a group for instance, each individual would be only accountable for ones contribution to the group’s outcomes whereas for teams; individuals bear shared responsibility for the outcomes of the team (The People Development Practice, 2008). Secondly, the interaction between group members are more likely to be on an individual basis whereas that for a team is more likely to be collective and supportive due to the shared responsibility vested on the team (The People Development Practice, 2008). However, for both team and groups, an efficient method of ensuring members interactions are promoted is needed for the entity to be successful. This paper thus aims to address aspects of group dynamics that are important to the success of a firm. The paper evaluates the importance of understanding group dynamics in the business world, role of positive interdependencies in helping achieve mutual goals and the criticism of the current approaches to research about groups. The effectiveness of groups versus that of individuals is also considered and the effects of group cohesiveness on the group efficiency, approaches to improve cohesiveness in groups; and those that encourage or discourage individual acceptance of workplace proposals evaluated. Further the paper presents the concept of leadership in groups and finally evaluates why teams are at times more effective than groups with situations and examples where such is applicable being presented. go to part 2 here.