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Schermerhorn, John R. Jr., Hunt, James G., Osborn, Richard N. (2005), Organizational Behavior, (Ninth Edition), John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Prepare a 1,050-1,400-word paper in which you explain how a group can become a high-performance team. Include in your paper an examination of the impact of demographic characteristics and cultural diversity on group behavior. Also, describe how demographic characteristics and cultural diversity contribute to or detract from high-performance teams.

Please help me get started with an introduction and conclusion.

Use APA formatting.

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The Modern Workplace

"In today's rapidly changing organizations, anything is possible. With the right personal skills and a strong foundation in research and theory, you can shape your future and the future of our society--no matter how challenging things become. "
- Schemerhorn, et.al. 2005

Whatever the nature of the industry is, the modern workplace according to Schemerhorn & company (2005) share this one aspect - it is changing. Globalization and a more interrelated economic situation have led to intense competition where firms must either specialize or redesign their entire operations to adapt to the changes and survive the new trends. It is no surprise when firms started closing down and big industry names in finance, real estate & the auto industry needed federal help. It is the reality up to now. The modern workplace however has several things going for it to aid in its survival at times of recession and economic challenge - diversity, whose demographic aspects present a great sampling of the populace, applied technology in communication, production & administration, the availability of a well-trained workforce from the executive branch to specialized posts. A workplace is where an organization or a group collectively pull their efforts together for the purpose of achieving goals. When we say workplace however, we are not only referring to the actual physical office ...

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The solution provides a comprehension picture of what a High Performance Team is about (HPT's) in terms of evolution/development. The solution discusses the question 'How can groups become High Performance Teams?' by providing not only definitions and discussions but expands the ideas presented by providing examples of real HPTs turning out great work in the corporate/business world. This was intended not only to help the student in starting the paper or providing a conclusion but to provide the student guidance by creating a clear picture of the concept by way of real-life examples. Written in the APA format, word version provided for easy printing.

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