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1. Conduct a field survey to find out why, despite the evidence that group brainstorming is less effective than solitary brainstorming, do organizations persist in using it as an idea-generating technique? Prepare a report contrasting advantages and disadvantages of both.

2. Give some examples of team failure. Identify the possible causes of communication and/or decision-making failure in each example, and list some measures that might have prevented problems from arising within each team´s communication system.

3. Give some examples of team mental models (ones you hold currently or have held in the past). Compare your model with some other people whom you survey and prepare a report.
4. Brainstorm some ways to ´redesign´ your office space (or an office space you have previously worked in) on paper, using virtual or flexible space and/or flexible furniture. How would this redesign enhance successful teamwork? Prepare a ´before restructure´ and ´after restructure´ comparison report.

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1. Conduct a field survey to find out why, despite the evidence that group brainstorming is less effective than solitary brainstorming, do organizations persist in using it as an idea-generating technique? Prepare a report contrasting advantages and disadvantages of both.
Even though group brainstorming is less effective than solitary brainstorming, organization persist in using it as an idea-generating technique. The reasons why organizations use group brainstorming is that the group method is perceived to be more democratic and one that considers the joint opinion of the participants; In addition the organizations feel that group brainstorming leads to more creative ideas and encourages thinking outside the boxes. In case the group is diverse there is an amalgam of different perspectives and this helps decision making. Organizations believe that group brainstorming leads to more innovation, productivity, and development. It also draws from the experience of people. The ideas get filtered and assessed within the group and only the best reach the organization.
The advantages of individual brainstorming are that it provides you with freedom to express ideas without fear of criticism. An individual that is hesitant in bringing up ideas in a group feels free to bring up the idea during individual brainstorming. The individual has full freedom to control the brainstorming process.
The disadvantages of individual brainstorming are that the process disregards the experience of others in the development of ideas. Others believe that individually generated idea is not good, it does not have support of others in the group, and others reject the idea because it is perceived as a threat to their position. ...

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