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How Group Dynamics Impact the Change Process for Work Teams

Explain how using group dynamics can aid in the change process and the process for working with different types of work teams in a planned change process. Provide an example, discuss how the group dynamics of teams can help leverage large scale system changes.

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As people we all have a sense of belonging. Whether it is to be a member of a family, or a special club, a religious affiliation, a school... you name it we cannot find a person on the earth who can truly say they prefer to be a loner and they are happy that way.

So, it is true that the norms in the groups that we belong to will govern our behavior. Whether it is that we will change our own way of thinking so that we conform with our group, or whether we leave a group because we cannot subscribe to its teachings are examples of how group dynamics work in the process of change. The attached article by Cartwright uses a vague but good definition for group dynamics: "In careful usage the phrase, 'group dynamics' refers to the forces operating in groups" (p. 60).

A more detailed definition might be "[the] interaction of complex intra- and inter-personal forces operating in a group which determine its character, development, and long-term survival" (BusinessDictionary.com)

Take a look at how Cartwright categorizes the different ways groups impact the change process. He proposes 3 distinct views on how groups are impacted:

a) When the group is viewed as the source of influence over its members, group members will change or adapt their behavior to be consistent with what the group demands. In ...

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...it is true that the norms in the groups that we belong to will govern our behavior. Whether it is that we will change our own way of thinking so that we conform with our group, or whether we leave a group because we cannot subscribe to its teachings are examples of how group dynamics work in the process of change.

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