Organizational Behavior: Chapter 93 Chapter 9 The Nature of Groups Study questions. – What is the nature of groups in organizations? – What are the stages of group development? – What are the foundations of group effectiveness? – What are group and intergroup dynamics? – How do groups make decisions?
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 94 What is the nature of groups in organizations? A group is a collection of two or more people who work with one another regularly to achieve common goals. Groups: – Help organizations accomplish important tasks. – Help to maintain a high-quality workforce by satisfying members needs.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 95 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Effective groups achieve high levels of: – Task performance. Members attain performance goals regarding quantity, quality, and timeliness of work results. – Members satisfaction. Members believe that their participation an experiences are positive and meet important personal needs. – Team viability. Members are sufficiently satisfied to continue working together on an ongoing basis.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 96 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Synergy. – Effective groups offer synergy. – With synergy, groups accomplish more than the total of the members individual capabilities. – Synergy is necessary for organizations to compete effectively and achieve long-term high performance.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 97 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Situations in which groups are superior to individuals. – When there is no clear expert in a particular problem or task. – When problem solving can be handled by a division of labor and the sharing of information. – When creativity and innovation are needed.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 98 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Social loafing as a performance problem. – Social loafing is the tendency of people to work less hard in a group than they would individually. – Reasons for social loafing. Individual contributions are less noticeable in the group context. Some individuals prefer to see others carry the workload.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 99 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Social loafing as a performance problem cont. – Ways of preventing social loafing. Define member roles and tasks to maximize individual interests. Link individual rewards to performance contributions to the group. Raise accountability by identifying individuals performance contributions to the group.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 910 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Social facilitation as a performance problem. – Social facilitation. The tendency for a persons behavior to be influenced by the presence of others. Positively affects performance when a person is proficient on the task. Negatively affects task performance when the task is not well-learned.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 911 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Formal groups. – Officially designated to serve a specific organizational purpose. – May be permanent or temporary. Permanent work groups are command groups in the vertical organization structure. Temporary work groups are task groups specifically created to solve a problem or perform a a defined task.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 912 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Formal groups cont. – Virtual groups. Groups whose members convene and work together electronically via networked computers. Activities are facilitated by groupware. Can accomplish the same things as members of face-to-face groups.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 913 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Informal groups. – Emerge without being officially designated by the organization. – Types of informal groups. Friendship groups. Interest groups.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 914 What is the nature of groups in organizations? Benefits of informal groups. – Can speed up work flow by supplementing formal lines of authority. – Can satisfy needs that are thwarted or unmet by the formal group. – Can provide members with social satisfaction, security, and a sense of belonging.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 915 What are the stages of group development? A group or team passes through five lifecycle stages. – Forming. – Storming. – Norming. – Performing. – Adjourning.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 916 What are the stages of group development? Forming stage. – Initial entry of members to a group. – Members concerns include: Getting to know each other. Discovering what is considered acceptable behavior. Determining the groups real task. Defining group rules.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 917 What are the stages of group development? Storming stage. – A period of high emotionality and tension among group members. – Members concerns include: Formation of coalitions and cliques. Dealing with outside demands. Clarifying membership expectations. Dealing with obstacles to group goals. Understanding members interpersonal styles.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 918 What are the stages of group development? Norming stage. – The point at which the group really begins to come together as a coordinated unit. – Members concerns include: Holding the group together. Dealing with divergent views and criticisms. Dealing with a premature sense of accomplishment.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 919 What are the stages of group development? Performing stage. – Marks the emergence of a mature, organized, and well-functioning group. – Members deal with complex tasks and handle internal disagreements in creative ways. – Primary challenge is to continue to improve relationships and performance.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 920 What are the stages of group development? Adjourning stage. – Particularly important for temporary groups. – A well-integrated group is: Able to disband when its work is finished. Willing to work together in the future.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 921 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? From a systems perspective, group inputs are the foundation for all subsequent group action. Key group inputs are: – Nature of the task. – Goals. – Rewards. – Resources. – Technology. – Membership diversity. – Group size.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 922 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Tasks. – Technical demands of a task. Routineness, difficulty, and information requirements. – Tasks that are complex in technical demands require unique solutions and more information processing.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 923 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Tasks cont. – Social demands of a task. Relations, ego involvement, and controversies over ends and means. – Tasks that are complex in social demands involve difficulties in reaching agreement on goals or methods for accomplishing them.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 924 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Goals, rewards, and resources. – Long-term performance accomplishments rely on: Appropriate goals. Well-designed reward systems. Adequate resources.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 925 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Technology. – Provides the means to get work accomplished. – The right technology must be available for the task at hand. – Work-flow technology can affect the way group members interact.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 926 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Membership characteristics. – A group must have the right skills and competencies available for task performance and problem solving. Homogeneous groups may not perform well if they lack the requisite experiences, skills, and competencies. Heterogeneous groups may perform well if they effectively utilize a variety of experiences, skills, and competencies.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 927 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Membership characteristics cont. – Diversity-consensus dilemma. Increasing diversity among group members makes it harder for group members to work together, even though the diversity itself expands the skills and perspectives available for problem solving.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 928 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Membership characteristics cont. – FIRO-B theory. Identifies individual differences in how people relate to one another in groups. Based on needs to express and receive feelings of inclusion, control, and affection. Groups whose members have compatible characteristics are likely to be more effective. Groups whose members have incompatible characteristics are likely to be less effective.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 929 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Membership characteristics cont. – Status. A persons relative rank, prestige, or standing in a group. – Status congruence. Occurs when a persons position within the group is equivalent in status to positions held outside the group. When status incongruence is present, problems will likely occur.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 930 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Group size. – As group size increases, performance and member satisfaction increase up to a point. Division of work promotes performance and increased satisfaction. Communication and coordination problems occur, in turn decreasing performance and satisfaction. – Problem-solving groups should have 5 to 7 members.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 931 What are the foundations of group effectiveness? Group size cont. – Groups with an odd number of members may be more effective for resolving disagreements and reaching a speedy decision. – Groups with an even number of members may be more effective when careful deliberation, consensus building, or complex problem solving is required.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 932 What are group and intergroup dynamics? From a systems perspective, the throughputs for a group or team are group dynamics. Group dynamics concern the forces operating within groups that affect the way members relate to and work with one another.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 933 What are group and intergroup dynamics? What goes on within groups. – Required behaviors. Those formally defined and expected by the organization. – Emergent behaviors. Those that group members display in addition to what the organization asks of them. – Emergent behaviors often supplement and extend required behaviors.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 934 What are group and intergroup dynamics? What goes on within groups. – Member relationships revolve around: Activities the things people do or the actions they take. Interactions interpersonal communications and contacts. Sentiments the feelings, attitudes, beliefs, or values held by group members.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 935 What are group and intergroup dynamics? What goes on between groups. – Intergroup dynamics. The dynamics that take place between two or more groups. – Organizations and their members seek to avoid the negative aspects and achieve the positive aspects of intergroup dynamics.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 936 What are group and intergroup dynamics? What goes on between groups. – On the negative side, intergroup dynamics may divert energies as members focus on animosities rather than performance. – On the positive side, competing groups may: Work harder. Become more focused on key tasks. Develop more internal loyalty and satisfaction. Achieve creativity in problem solving.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 937 How do groups make decisions? How groups make decisions. – Decision by lack of response. – Decision by authority rule. – Decision by minority rule. – Decision by majority rule. – Decision by consensus. – Decision by unanimity.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 938 How do groups make decisions? Potential advantages of group decision making. – More knowledge and expertise is applied to solve the problem. – A greater number of alternatives are examined. – The final decision is better understood and accepted by all group members. – More commitment among all group members to make the final decision work.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 939 How do groups make decisions? Potential disadvantages of group decision making. – Individuals may feel compelled to conform to the apparent wishes of the group. – The groups decision may be dominated by one individual or a small coalition. – Group decisions usually take longer to make.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 940 How do groups make decisions? Groupthink. – The tendency for members of highly cohesive groups to lose their critical evaluation capabilities. – Groupthink can lead the group to make poor decisions. – Group members and leaders should: Be sensitive to the occurrence of groupthink. Take actions to prevent the occurrence of groupthink.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 941 How do groups make decisions? How to improve group decision making. – Brainstorming. – Nominal group technique. – Delphi technique. – Computer-mediated decision making.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 942 How do groups make decisions? Brainstorming. – Group members actively generate as many ideas and alternatives as possible, and they do so relatively quickly and without inhibitions. – Brainstorming rules. All criticism is ruled out. Free-wheeling is welcomed. Quantity is wanted. Piggy-backing is good.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 943 How do groups make decisions? Nominal group technique. – A form of structured group decision making that enables everyone to participate and have his/her ideas heard without hostile criticism or distortions. – A structured voting procedure is used to prioritize responses to the nominal question.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 944 How do groups make decisions? Delphi technique. – Used in situations where group members are unable to meet face to face. – The process. A series of questions is distributed to a panel. Panel members submit their responses to a decision coordinator. The decision coordinator summarizes the responses, and sends the summary along with a follow-up questionnaire to the panel. Panel members send in their responses. The process is repeated until a consensus is reached.
Organizational Behavior: Chapter 945 How do groups make decisions? Computer-mediated decision making. – Electronic brainstorming through the use of special software and personal computers.. – The nominal group and Delphi techniques lend themselves to computer mediation.