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Managing Group Dynamics in Work Teams

Management Summary:
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- Describe the management team in your business (include advisers, consultants, accountants, etc.).
- Describe the team concept, group dynamics, and the strengths and weaknesses of business teams.
- Describe management philosophy concerning communication, and organizational culture.
- Discuss what Leadership actions you would take to adapt your business should the following happen in the first three years of operations:
- Your manufacturer has a labor strike that may last for 6 months.
- Three more competitors emerge who are now in direct competition with your company in product quality and price.
- You have had to lay off half your employees and the rest are disheartened as a result.

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The Management team of ABC Medical Supply Company consists of the Operations Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager and Accounts Manager, an accountant and a Buying manager. Though each manager is responsible for the oversight of a specific department or departments, with the exception of the accountant, there is plenty of interaction and coordination required between and among the members of the management team. The team concept within ABC Medical Supply Company is utilized to manage different sets or groups of tasks, such as with each manager having oversight of a department or departments, with similar functions. However, the team concept also involves the managers of each department working together to develop and improve processes within the organization and the ways departments communicate with each other.

Strengths of individual teams include employees motivating each other and motivation coming from a focused manager, who understands how tasks within the department contribute to the organizational goals, such as attaining the status of the largest medical supply company in the region. While many corporate decisions about the way departments operate fail to understand what each department actually does, this is not a problem at ABC. Strengths of the management team itself include years of experience in each respective area and a combined commitment to providing top notch customer service. Technology that has been adopted, through use of cloud technology and the company intranet, is responsive and able to meet the needs of both employees and managers.

Weaknesses include managers? lack of vision, in taking the technology to the next level. Managers are able to utilize technology, but often fail to consider how the system can be of benefit, when new problems arise. They communicate with each other about challenges the organization faces, but often do not communicate those challenges to executives, who may be able to organize brainstorming sessions or research viable working solutions. ?Many CEO's feel as if they are in great touch with their teams, but it's the teams who are doing the filtering? (Holstein, 2011). In addition, managers often do not include workers in their respective departments, when faced with challenges.

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Solution Summary

A management team is drawn up, with group dynamics, strengths and weaknesses, team philosophy and leadership described. The hypothetical team is then put to work adapting the business to given scenarios such as a strike, new competitors, etc. and the solution explains what they should do to rise to each challenge. 1332 words total with many references.