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Refreshing and accessible, Individual and Groups in Organizations guides student and practitioner alike through the maze of approaches to the way in which people interact in organizational life. The typical book about organizational behavior is actually an introductory course in social psychology for business students. By building their text around six topics central to those who manage in organizations, the authors have provided a clear, easily used framework for analyzing the role of the individual in the group, the group in the organization, and the organization in the environment. Throughout this book the central themes are explained and analyzed with reference to new case examples, summaries of current research, and key concepts. Without being a traditional textbook on organizational behavior or a recipe book for managerial action, Individuals and Groups in Organizations provides both business students and reflective practitioners with valuable insights into the processes of creativity, flexibility, change, and development in organizations.

Groups
Groups

We discover by reading many articles about work groups and texts on group dynamics and team building that few of the authors distinguish between groups, teams, crews and other ways of performing collective task-oriented behaviour by small sets of people. However, articles and texts on team building usually list the characteristics of effective teams and suggest some of the goals of team building. After considering some of these definitions, characteristics and goals, we will propose a perspective based on functional theory that may help sort out the differences between groups, teams and crews. We then review the literature on the role of groups in organizations in the light of this perspective.

Groups and What They Do

In a classic text on group dynamics, Cartwright and Zander ...

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