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Learning or work teams do to maximize productivity

2. What is the value of storming in the group development process?

3. What is a group? How does a group differ from a team?

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages to group decision making?

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1) Storming is when struggles over power and control break out and the boundaries of permissible behavior get tested. (As, of course, they must). Factions form, personalities clash, antagonistic positions are taken, contentious attitudes are assumed, and almost no one concedes a point without first fighting tooth and nail to defend it. Most importantly, very little real or meaningful task-oriented communication is going on amid the noise. Confusion and conflict increases since few are really listening to what is being said and some are still unwilling to talk openly and most are feeling angry disappointed and frustrated.

True, this image of the prototypical human group as a battleground is a little extreme. But if you consider the process of group formation in groups to which you belong or have belonged - and if you look beneath the veil of civility - you are likely to see quite a bit of strongly-felt resentment, cynicism, sarcasm, invective and innuendo. It is worth considering the possibility that much of the vehemence and violence that attends our personal and social lives at all levels of organization reflects our failure to take properly to heart some of the basic lessons that decades of action research in the area of group dynamics have taught us.


As the team begins to move towards its goals, members discover that the team can't live up to all of their early excitement and expectations. Their focus may shift from the tasks at hand to feelings of frustration or anger with the team's progress or ...

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The solution examines learning or work teams to maximize productivity. The value of storming in the group development process. The advantages and disadvantages to group decision making is determined.