Group Dynamics for Teams

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SAGE, Apr 28, 2010 - Business & Economics - 366 pages
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This brief, readable book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. The content is grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues. The goal is to improve readers' knowledge of the group dynamics that underlie teamwork in order to help them understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work. The book begins with an overview of how teams are being used in the workplace and the factors that relate to team success. It goes on to examine basic topics such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication while reviewing the main challenges teams face, including conflict, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and valuing diversity. The final section analyzes the use of teams in the workplace, including the impact of organizational culture, technological support for teams, differences among types of work teams, team building, and team evaluation and reward.

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Daniel Levi is a Professor in the Psychology and Child Development Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the University of Arizona. He teaches classes in group dynamics and in social, environmental, and organizational psychology. In addition, he teaches classes in teamwork in courses primarily for engineering students at Cal Poly. He has conducted research and worked as a consultant with factory and engineering teams for companies such as Nortel Networks, TRW, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics. In addition, he has researched international team projects in Europe and Asia. Dr. Levi's research and consulting with factory teams primarily has focused on the use of teams to support technological change and the adoption of just-in-time and quality programs. This work examined a variety of team issues including job redesign, training, compensation, supervision, and change management approaches. His work with professional teams primarily has been done with engineering design teams. These projects examined the use of concurrent engineering, self-management, and the globalization of teams. The topics of this work included the impact of information technology on teams, faciliation and training needs for professional teams, and the impacts of organizational culture and leadership. Early work on the present book was sponsored by an engineering education grant from NASA. This project focused on the development of teamwork skills in engineering students working on multidisciplinary projects.

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