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Group Dynamics for Teams
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Group Dynamics for Teams

Fifth Edition
  • Daniel Levi - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA


February 2016 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Incorporating the latest research throughout, Daniel Levi’s Fifth Edition explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics, focusing on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research and a practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this engaging book helps readers understand and more effectively participate in teams. 
 
Introduction
 
PART I: CHARACTERISTICS OF TEAMS
 
CHAPTER 1. Understanding Teams
Defining Groups and Teams

 
Purposes and Types of Teams

 
Why Organizations Use Teams

 
History of Teams and Group Dynamics

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Virtual Meetings and Virtual Collaboration—Selecting Technologies to Use for Your Team

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 1

 
Survey: Attitudes Toward Teamwork

 
Activity: Working in Teams

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Defining Team Success
Nature of Team Success

 
Conditions for Team Success

 
Characteristics of Successful Teams

 
Positive Psychology View of Team Success

 
Using Teams in the Workplace

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 2

 
Activity: Understanding Team Success

 
 
PART II: PROCESSES OF TEAMWORK
 
Chapter 3. Team Beginnings
Stages of Teamwork

 
Group Socialization

 
Team Goals

 
Team Norms

 
Application: Jump-Starting Project Teams

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Starting a Virtual Team

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 3

 
Activity: Observing Team Norms

 
Activity: Developing a Team Contract

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Understanding the Basic Team Processes
Motivation

 
Group Cohesion

 
Team Roles

 
Task and Social Behaviors

 
Team Adaptation and Learning

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Motivating Participation in Virtual Meetings

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 4

 
Activity: Observing Task and Social Behaviors

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Cooperation and Competition
Teamwork as a Mixed-Motive Situation

 
Why Are People in Teams Competitive?

 
Problems With Competition

 
Benefits of and Problems With Cooperation

 
Application: Encouraging Cooperation

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Building Trust and Social Relationships

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 5

 
Survey: Cooperative, Competitive, or Individualistic Orientation

 
Activity: Understanding Competitive Versus Cooperative Goals

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Communication Written by David Askay
Communication Process

 
Flow of a Team’s Communications

 
Emotional Intelligence

 
Facilitating Team Meetings

 
Communication Skills for Team Meetings

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Running Virtual Meetings to Ensure Everyone Is Following the Agenda and People Arrive at the Same Understanding

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 6

 
Survey: Team Emotional Intelligence

 
Activity: Observing Communication Patterns in a Team

 
 
PART III: ISSUES TEAMS FACE
 
CHAPTER 7. Managing Conflict
Conflict Is Normal

 
Sources of Conflict

 
Impact of Conflict

 
Conflict Resolution Approaches

 
Managing Team Conflicts

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Reducing Conflict and Developing Collaboration

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 7

 
Survey: Conflict Resolution Styles

 
Activity: Observing Conflict Resolution Styles

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Power and Social Influence
Definitions of Power and Social Influence

 
Types of Power

 
Power Dynamics

 
Empowerment

 
Application: Acting Assertively

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Ensuring Dissenting Voices Are Heard and Empowering the Team

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 8

 
Activity: Using Power Styles—Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Decision Making
Value of Group Decision Making

 
Approaches to Group Decision Making

 
Decision-Making Problems

 
Decision-Making Techniques

 
Application: Consensus Decision Making

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Encouraging Agreement on a Decision

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 9

 
Activity: Making Consensus Decisions

 
Activity: Group Versus Individual Decision Making

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Leadership
Alternative Designs of Leadership for Teams

 
Approaches to Leadership

 
Situational Leadership Theory

 
Self-Managing Teams

 
Application: The Functional Approach to Leading Teams

 
Leading Virtual Teams: New Approaches to Leadership in Virtual Teams

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 10

 
Survey: Leadership Styles

 
Activity: Observing the Leader’s Behavior

 
 
CHAPTER 11. Problem Solving
Approaches to Problem Solving

 
Descriptive Approach: How Teams Solve Problems

 
Functional Approach: Advice on Improving Team Problem Solving

 
Prescriptive Approach: Rational Problem-Solving Model

 
Problem-Solving Teams

 
Application: Problem-Solving Techniques for Teams

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 11

 
Activity: Using Problem-Solving Techniques

 
 
CHAPTER 12. Creativity
Creativity and Its Characteristics

 
Individual Creativity

 
Group Creativity

 
Organizational Environment and Creativity

 
Application: Team Creativity Techniques

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Virtual Creativity

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 12

 
Activity: Comparing Different Creativity Techniques

 
 
CHAPTER 13. Diversity
The Nature of Diversity

 
Problems of Diversity

 
Causes of Diversity Problems

 
Effects of Diversity

 
Application: Creating a Context to Support Diversity

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 13

 
Survey: Attitudes Toward Diversity

 
Activity: Understanding Gender and Status Differences in a Team

 
 
PART IV: ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT OF TEAMS
 
CHAPTER 14. Team, Organizational, and International Culture
Team Culture

 
Defining Organizational Culture

 
Organizational Culture and Teamwork

 
Dimensions of International Culture

 
International Differences in Teamwork

 
Transnational Teams

 
Leading Virtual Teams: Dealing With Cultural Issues

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 14

 
Survey: Individualism–Collectivism

 
Activity: Evaluating a Team’s Culture and Cultural Context

 
Activity: Comparing United States and Japanese Teams

 
 
CHAPTER 15. Virtual Teamwork
Use of Communication Technologies

 
Communication Impacts

 
Team Impacts

 
Selecting the Right Technology

 
Challenge of Virtual Teams

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 15

 
Activity: Developing Netiquette for Virtual Teams

 
Activity: Experiencing Teamwork in a Simulated Virtual Team

 
 
CHAPTER 16. Evaluating and Rewarding Teams
Team Performance Evaluations

 
Reward Systems

 
Rewarding Individual Team Members

 
Team and Organizational Reward Programs

 
Relationship of Rewards to Types of Teams

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 16

 
Survey: Individual Versus Team Rewards

 
Activity: Evaluating and Rewarding a Project Team

 
Activity: Team Halo Effect

 
 
CHAPTER 17. Team Building and Team Training
What Is Team Building?

 
Does Your Team Need Team Building?

 
Types of Team-Building Programs

 
Team Training

 
Types of Training

 
Team Leader’s Challenge 17

 
Activity: Team Building

 
Activity: Appreciative Inquiry of Teamwork

 
 
Appendix: Guide to Student Team Projects
Starting the Team

 
Planning and Developing the Project

 
Monitoring the Project and Maintaining Teamwork

 
Performing Team Writing

 
Wrapping Up and Completing the Project

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

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Great text for MBA students! Useful information.

Angela Gordon
Business Administration, College Of Saint Rose
September 26, 2019

I have found this book to be a good fit for the way Group Dynamics plays out in the work place. It will be a required text for the class that starts in late August 2016.

Professor William Howard Foley
Business Administration , Aquinas College
February 15, 2016

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