iop470 | undergraduate

Group Dynamics

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This course is designed to give students an understanding of group dynamics and small group processes. Topics explored include power, perception, motivation, leadership, decision-making, team-building, and diversity. The learning team concept will be utilized to examine many concepts of group dynamics in an organizational setting.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Group Diversity, Organizational and International Culture

    • Evaluate dynamics of international culture and how they affect group behavior.
    • Analyze an example of a transnational or cross-cultural group who uses successful strategies to contribute to group efficiency and cohesion in both a person-to-person and virtual environment.
    • Explore the types of diversity that can exist in a group, and explain how group diversity influences an organizational environment.
    • Explain how intergroup conflicts can erupt between groups.

    Introduction to Social Group Formation, Function, and Development

    • Examine some of the key concepts in social group formation.
    • Describe several benefits of group function within social groups.
    • Apply Tuckman's group development model to analyze organizational culture and human capital performance.

    Effective Working Groups

    • Differentiate between the characteristics of groups versus teams.
    • Describe characteristics that lead to an effective team communication style.
    • Compare behaviors that contribute to both team cooperation and conflict.

    Group Power, Leadership, and Decision-Making

    • Investigate the various types of power and social influence in groups and how they shape the attitudes and behaviors of members.
    • Apply a decision-making approach that leads to group consensus.
    • Evaluate effective leadership approaches and communication styles within groups to advance differing organizational goals.

    Group Motivation: Categorization and Influence

    • Describe the concept of social categorization and how outcomes affect group performance.
    • Diagram the desired outcomes and activities of three team building plans, and the similarities and differences between the plans.
    • Examine psychological research on group motivation techniques, and apply the findings to identify an organizational group solution.
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