This clear and engaging book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this book helps readers understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work.
Key FeaturesBasic group dynamics concepts, such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication examined Examines basic group dynamics concepts, such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication Reviews the main challenges that teams face-such as conflict, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and valuing diversity Discusses the organizational context of teams-including the impacts of organizational culture, virtual teamwork, rewarding teams, and team building
New to this EditionAn appendix that contains tools and advice to help students in project teams.Activities at the end of every chapter provide observation forms and surveys that allow students to use the concepts they have learned. More details on virtual teams, including about the future.Enhanced information on team leadership from a functional perspective. Expanded discussions on diversity and teams, especially as it relates to management approaches New section on team adaptation and learning as a basic team processAn Instructor Teaching Site at www.sagepub.com/levi3einstr offers invaluable password-protected resources for instructors.
This text is appropriate for students enrolled in courses on teams or group dynamics in psychology, business, or other related fields.