Business Groups and Teams

| June 19, 2015

Business Groups and Teams
Project description
Case Assignment
Building and Managing Collaborative Teams

This Case Assignment is all about building and managing collaborative teams.

Please note that in order for you to get an A grade on this assignment, your paper has to address both the Content and Structure Assignment Expectations (see below).

Assignment Expectations (Content)
Read the Case Study – “Two Poorly Functioning Teams” and the required reading material and write a 4- to 5-page paper in which you will answer the following questions:

Enlist the multiple factors that caused the poor functioning of each group.
According to Tuckman’s five stages of group development conflict occurs as the second stage after the orientation phase in ordinary groups. Compare the two groups in respect to the conflict process that took place in each using the Tuckman’s as a freamwork.
For each group, suggest a resolution to the conflicts and explain why you think it is going to be effective.
Assignment Expectations (Structure)
Make sure that you use your own language (rather than copying sentences from the article).
Your paper will be graded based on the following criteria: Precision, Clarity, Breadth, Depth, Grammar/Vocabulary, Referencing, and Application.
Use 12-point type size (Times New Roman), double-spacing, and one-inch margins. Add a cover page and a references list.
Cite your sources: APA Style – Trident requires all PhD work to be in APA form. We also encourage all other students to comply with guidelines for proper citation of references. You may use the tutorial found on the following link (press “view the tutorial”): http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx?apaSessionKey=4532A4A4911C1E8D5E885C141739A382

GROUPS AND TEAMS
Required Material
The Case Studies of Two Poorly Functioning Teams http://virtualschool.edu/98c/Soci305/Soci305Thomasina.html

Chapman, A. (nd). Tuckman’s 1965 “Forming Storming Norming Performing” Team-Development Model. Retrieved July 27, 2010 at: http://www.businessballs.com/tuckmanformingstormingnormingperforming.htm

How are groups related to teams? Like groups, teams have norms that may or may not align with organizational goals and objectives. But unlike informal groups, teams have explicit goals, reporting relationships, and accountabilities.

What does it take to form a team? Is it simply a matter of getting the right people together in a room, or is there some sort of development process? Here’s a great article on Tuckman’s famous “stages” of team development:

That’s all well and good, but what makes groups work? Gerard M. Blair offers some helpful insights. His focus is groups, but it applies equally to teams. Pay special attention to the sections on Group Skills and Accelerating Development:

Now let’s link all of this back to content and process theories of individual motivation at work. How do you think motivation might relate to a team? Here’s an interesting article by Peter B. Grazier that will shed some light on that question:

Blair, G., Groups that work, Retrieved July 27, 2010 at:

Grazier, P. (2004). Team motivation. Retrieved July 27, 2010 at: http://www.teambuildinginc.com/article_teammotivation.htm

And here is the case article for this module:

Kerber, K. W., & Buono, A. F. (2004). Leadership Challenges in Global Virtual Teams: Lessons From the Field. SAM Advanced Management Journal (69)4, pp. 4-11.

Optional Material
Chapman, A. (nd). Team building games – ideas, theory and training. Retrieved July 27, 2010 at: http://www.businessballs.com/teambuilding.htm

McNamara, C. (nd). Group skills. Retrieved July 27, 2010 at: http://www.managementhelp.org/grp_skll/grp_skll.htm

Would you like to find out how team oriented you are? Here’s a free survey you can take that will show you your level of individual vs. team orientation:

Team vs. Individual Orientation Test. Retrieved

July 27, 2010 at: http://www.queendom.com/tests/career/team_indiv_access.html
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