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Tuckman's Five-Stage Model in Organizational Behaviour

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• Reflect on a team of which you have been a member. Describe what happened in each stage of the group's development according to Tuckman's Five-Stage Model. Was it a mature group? How did you know?
• Did the group progress linearly from one step to another or did it experience periods of little progress punctuated by bursts of energy, as Gersick describes? Justify your response.

In many cases, managers do not appear to use a systematic approach to decision making. Instead, they rely on "hunches," or intuition, to make quick decisions based on recognition of situational possibilities. Creativity and innovation in organizations can lead to success. However, managers need to understand how to recognize and nurture creativity and innovation in employees.

• What is the role of intuition and creativity in decision making?
Can intuition and creativity be learned?
• How can organizations encourage creative and innovative decision making?

One of the most fundamental aspects of group decision making is the ability to discuss important issues related to the decision. Discussion helps identify factual errors or errors in judgment, builds a shared understanding, and facilitates coordination among the group. When group members share the perception that their group wants to improve and learn, they are more likely to discuss important issues.

• Review some articles on decision-making techniques. Describe three or four techniques and compare them. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of each, and cite the sources you identified.

• How do organizations encourage political activity?
• How can managers prevent the negative consequences of political behavior?
• Which influence tactics are most effective?
• Explain the reactions supervisors can have to influence tactics.

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The team of which I have been a member is a work team which assembled lathe machines. During the forming stage every person was pleasant and volunteered to work. The second stage is the storming stage. During this stage there were conflicts. People wanted their viewpoint to be given priority. During the norming stage every person had decided that the goals of the team were to be achieved. Every person was willing to contribute to the goal of the team. The goal was to have an adequate number of machines ready. The fourth stage was performing. During this stage the performance of the group improved. Everyone contributed to the goal of improving performance. The fifth stage is the adjourning stage (a). This stage has not yet been reached because the group continues to function. The group is mature. It has the ability to be self directed, has an increased tolerance in accepting that progress takes time, and has an increasing sensitivity to its own feelings. The group can now withstand conflicts.

The group did not progress linearly from one step to another. There were periods when there was little progress. According to Gersick there bursts of energy. These bursts of energy were seen in the group. During the storming stage there was a paralysis of activity because of conflict, but when the team members realized that the lathes had to be assembled, They ...

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