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Newly-formed Project Staff Team Characteristics

PART I
You will be a member of the newly-formed project staff team. This team will need to realize process gains within its first three months. You want to help, not hinder, the team's progress, so you decide to do some research upfront. You bring up your challenge at your managerial networking meeting. You pose the following questions to the group.

? What characteristics of the team are likely to contribute to the goal of process gains within the next three months?
? What are some sources of potential process losses?

What are your ideas on each of these questions-list them.

PART II
Address each of the following elements.
? How did the discussion change, alter or enhance your conception of effective work groups?
? Identify elements of group effectiveness that you may be able to influence.
? Think about how you would increase the probability of process gains within your project staff team.

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Scenario:
You are a member of the newly formed project staff team. In addition to your regular tasks, you will serve on a project staff team that is currently being formed.. The company will routinely delegate new projects and initiatives to the project staff team to discuss and submit recommendations. You will need to carry out a myriad of individual assignments delegated to you from the company. You will need to apply what you know about organizations, their structures, change management, and how individuals work within organizations.
The objective of the problem is to make you study a scenario in which a group is being formed in the company. You need to work out the group dynamics in the unique situation, examine the role the group would play in the decision process and mention the ways in which the group can be more effective. You are also required to examine the role that can be played by you to improve the group dynamics, increase the cohesiveness and improve the process gains. The underlying objective of the problem is to make you apply the group theories that you have been taught in the classroom to the given situation. All the other group theories taught to you can be applied in this problem. I strongly recommend that you apply these theories to your answer and give references. This will help you get an excellent grade.

However, there are some assumptions, which the question makes. First, the managerial networking meeting is a good place to get inputs on the new group formation. This may not be true. Serious contribution may not be forthcoming, because the net workers may either not be serious or may fear leaking matters of their own companies. Also the company may not like their own internal development to be disclosed to 'outsiders'. Second, the problem assumes the behavioral science assumption, that one man can substantially influence the group. True, one man can make a difference, but usually it is the understanding among members and their collective personality that makes a difference. Thirdly, the you are doing making so many efforts to make the group a success, which presumes that there is a common goal towards which each member of the working. This is almost never true. It is likely that every team member will have a private ...

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Response is 1,405 words plus references. Many ideas!

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