Groups and Teams - Introductions

Welcome to the Groups and Teams lesson! Effectiveness is very important for an organisation; groups and teams have a significant impact on micro-level organisational effectiveness, hence this is a key area to consider within management and organisational behaviour.

This chapter begins by outlining the difference between a group and a team, before outlining some of the models that help to explain group formation. The discussion is assisted by covering group norms and offering some frameworks to help establish an effective approach to staff engagement. The chapter moves from the origins of management practice with the theory of scientific management, through to the development of more advanced theories of human capital; for example, covering Tuckman and Belbin.

After completion of this chapter, you should have an overview of core theories on the dynamics of groups and teams. You should be able to identify the roles within an effective team and have an understanding of the importance of team formation and management.

Below are some goals and objectives for you to refer to after learning this section.

Goals for this section

  • To understand the timeline of the development of teams in HRM theory
  • To know the core theories on teams such as Belbin’s team roles

Objectives for this section

To be able to:

  • Define groups and teams.
  • Understand the aspects of creating an effective group/team
  • Possess an overview of some of the main theories
  • Identify solutions to the challenges that may present themselves within a group/team situation

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