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Managing Groups and Teams

Assignment Overview

Group Dynamics and Teams

We will continue our experiential approach to the study of
Organizational Behavior by engaging in a personal applied case on the
topic of group dynamics and teams. As in module 1, use the following
outline to structure your 4-6 page paper. You may use the subtitles as
headings for your paper.

Introduction: Discuss the topic of the paper and how
you will approach it. It is best to write this section after you have
written the rest of the paper.

Concrete Experience: Begin with a specific
situation/event. Describe an experience with a group or team that was
meaningful to you. It may have been an extraordinarily good experience –
or it may have been an experience that did not work out very well at
all! The important point is that it should be an experience which you
would like to understand better. Be objective and focus on just the
facts: who, what, where, when, and how – as if you were composing a
newspaper article.

Reflective Observation: Reflect upon that experience
from multiple perspectives of persons involved or affected in the
experience. Step back from the situation, look at the experience from
your own viewpoint, and from the perspective
of all other parties involved or affected. You want to look at the
circumstances surrounding the experience from every relevant point of
view. Why did you behave the way that you did? Why did others behave the
way that they did? Did others have the same positive (or negative)
experience? Explain. (Note: your discussion of theories and models from
your module materials belongs in the following section.)

Abstract Conceptualization: Use critical thinking
skills in order to understand and interpret the experience at a deeper,
more generalizable level. Interpret and understand the events you have
described by drawing on the concepts, theories, and models in the
background material from this module. Explain how they apply to your
experience. For example, what behavior patterns can you identify in
yourself and others that are similar to the ones described in the
material on communication, teams, and conflict management? Does the
model of Force Field Analysis (home page) help you better understand why
people behaved the way they did? Be sure to apply at least
three concepts, theories, and/or models and cite all references to
concepts, ideas, and/or quotes that you use from any outside source.

[This Abstract Conceptualization section is the “heart” of your
paper. Using critical thinking skills, provide a clear, specific
discussion on the logic, theories, and models and how they apply to your
experience.]

Active Experimentation: Identify ways to respond to
the next occurrence of a similar experience. What have you learned about
the way groups work from this analysis? What have you learned from your
mistakes? How are you going to put what you have learned to use? What
actions will you take to build more effective work teams in your job?

Conclusion: Sum up the main points of your analysis and the key learning you are taking from it.

Reference List: List all references that you have
cited in the paper using APA formatting. References include materials
from the required background readings as well as any outside internet or
library sources you used in researching and writing your paper. If you
have APA questions, refer to the optional listings on the background
page.

Assignment Expectations

Your paper will be evaluated using the criteria as stated in the Case rubric. The following is a review of the rubric criteria:

  • Assignment-Driven: Does the paper fully address all
    aspects of the assignment? Is the assignment addressed accurately and
    precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length
    requirements?
  • Critical Thinking: Does the paper demonstrate
    graduate-level analysis, in which information derived from multiple
    sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has been critically evaluated
    and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of conclusions? Does
    the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion and
    analysis?
  • Business Writing: Is the essay logical, well
    organized and well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary
    appropriate for graduate-level work? Are section headings included? Are
    paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding,
    or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of
    direct quotations?
  • Effective Use of Information: Does the submission
    demonstrate that the student has read, understood and can apply the
    background materials for the module? If required, has the student
    demonstrated effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of
    relevant and quality (library?) sources? Do additional sources used
    provide strong support for conclusions drawn, and do they help in
    shaping the overall paper?
  • Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate
    understanding of APA Style of referencing, by inclusion of proper
    citations (for paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate?
    Have all sources (e.g., references used from the Background page, the
    assignment readings, and outside research) been included, and are these
    properly cited? Have all sources cited in the paper been included on the
    References page?
  • Timeliness: Has the assignment been submitted to TLC (Trident’s learning management system) on or before the module’s due date?