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Mgt/311 Organizational Development - Learning Team Reflection

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Learning Team Reflection

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MGT/311 Organizational Development

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In week three we discussed different strategies that would help to develop effective groups and teams. We also discussed different strategies to help resolve conflict within organizations. The following information will discuss what Team C learned during this week’s assignment.

A team is a group of people working together to achieve a common goal. An effective team has certain characteristics that allow the team members to function more efficiently and productively. It develops ways to share leadership roles, ways to share accountability for their work products, and develops a specific team purpose and concrete work products that the members produce together (The Guide to Managing for Quality). According to Robbins and Judge (2011), there are four types of teams. Teams involve making products, provide services, negotiate deals, coordinate projects, offer advice, and make decisions. Problem solving is when the team would share ideas, suggestions, and how to improve methods. Self-managed is when someone that is highly related or when interdependent jobs take on many or the same responsibilities as their supervisors. Cross Functional usually consist of members who function on the same level, but come together from different work areas to accomplish a task. Virtual teams allow members to communicate via online, video conferencing, or e-mail. Therefore, strategies for developing an effective team include context, composition, and process.

As groups are developing they navigate through five stages. It is believed that the first four stages are the most crucial to the effectiveness of the group. The first stage consists of forming, which the members of the group understand acceptable behaviors and begin to feel as part of the group. The second stage is the storming stage where members accept the group, but they are in conflict over who is controlling the group. The third stage known as the norming stage, which is defined as the stage that solidifies structure and the group has accepted a common

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