Craig Parks Defines Group Cohesion

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      [Group Cohesion]

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      CRAIG PARKS: Group cohesion to meis the extent to which people wantto be part of their group, the extent to which theywant to be with the other individuals in the group.And cohesion is very important in a lot of situations.And so we know that all else being equal,

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: cohesive groups are more productivethan non-cohesive groups.Cohesive groups tend to have happier membersthan non-cohesive groups.And so it really is a very important factorin group functioning.In fact, it is a variable that right now the US militaryis heavily focused on.

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: They're actually interested in methods to helpimprove cohesion among units.And one of the reasons it's so important for the military isthat cohesion is disrupted when people getmoved in and out of the groups.And so you form a sense of cohesionand then one of your members leavesand a new member comes in, you've

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: got to integrate that new member,you've got to socialize that person,you might not like that person, and so the cohesioncan get disrupted.In military groups, people move in and out all the time.And so there's often not the chance for cohesion to develop.But having a tight unit, a unit thatreally feels strong connections among its members,

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      CRAIG PARKS [continued]: is absolutely essential for military groups.And so at least the US military is heavilyfocused on this variable right now.It's big in management groups as well.It's just a very critical variable.

Craig Parks Defines Group Cohesion

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Professor Craig Parks describes group cohesion as the extent to which people want to be part of their group.

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Craig Parks Defines Group Cohesion

Professor Craig Parks describes group cohesion as the extent to which people want to be part of their group.

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