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    Managing Group Conflicts during a Merger

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    You have just been part of a merger. You have each been chosen to head up your department and merge the two groups into a self-directed work team. Work with each other to lay out a plan describing how you will develop a new team within your department or departments. It is natural that there will be some confrontations between people. Look at the stages of team development and use that knowledge to work with the team. It is recognized that some employees will refuse to be part of the team. In fact, the new ownership expects that there will be some who lose their jobs due to these issues; however, that is last resort. Use all your skills to negotiate with employees in an attempt to resolve conflicts and pull your team together.Since you are working together as a team, it is seen by the ownership that if one is successful, you are all successful. Likewise, if one fails, you all fail. The future success of the company is dependent on your mutual success. You, as a team, must come up with a plan and be in agreement since you must implement it in your departments.

    For each step you take, provide a brief explanation of your reasoning. Use the Library and the Internet to research these issues.

    My three paragraphs are to be on the storming part of this team.

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    To say that mergers are a challenge is an understatement. Mergers are difficult for all parties involved, including the employees that will have to work together. This is even truer in the case of self-directed work teams, where groups of individuals have developed their own cohesive methods whereby all team members function. Therefore, bringing two very cohesive groups together can be very stressful. In the case of a merger where two teams must work together successfully, using the storming method, the plan for cohesion would include:

    1. Rule, rules, and ...

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    A discussion of how to effectively manage groups in order to create a successful merger.