Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
David Whitsett, Advisor
Teams in the workplace;
The purpose of this article was to review studies concerning the effects of group design on groupwork in business. It begins with a short overview of definitions of work groups and group phenomena, and follows with a literature review of the effects of size, group goals, sharing of information, diversity, gender, age, individual differences, familiarity among members, and techniques on decision making effectiveness. Next, difficulties and possible solutions are covered and finally, types of work groups used today are discussed. It has been found that there is no one team design that makes a team most effective. The most appropriate design depends on the problem to be solved. However, effective solutions to complex problems need a diverse team with access to information, difficult goals, strategic decision-making techniques, and team building opportunities to be most effective This information can be used as an effective tool in organizing work teams in business.
Date of Award
Department of Psychology
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1998 Michelle Laird
Laird, Michelle, "Groupwork in business" (1998). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 101.