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Understanding and Shaping Group Dynamics
Understanding and shaping group dynamics
The Management Attribute

The focus of the last chapter was on the theories and techniques of managing or shaping individual behavior. One of the most interesting attributes of organizations is that they are simultaneously comprised of individuals who are capable of exercising agency or free will independent of one another, and at the same time, organizations are collective entities that behave in systematic or collective ways. In this chapter, the central focus is on exploring the functionality and management of groups, or the relationships between individuals and groups, and the notion that in some organizational circumstances, the needs of the group—be it the organization or the unit—do rise above the individual.

The current focus on groups over ...

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