Unit Outcome: Identify group communication theories and apply them to their various group contexts.
In the first part of our discussion on group communication, we will discuss what makes a group a group, and what are some of the dynamics we see in a group. Some of this will seem obvious to you, but when we are able to identify specific dynamics like individual/dysfunctional roles, we can stop them before they inhibit our productivity. Group work is inevitable in the workplace. Many major decisions are made by committee. By setting forth explicit roles and norms/expectations in the committee, the group experience should be much smoother. During this unit, think about the dynamics you play in groups, and how you can improve your communication to help the group experience.
Unit readings, lectures and assignments are below.
By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
- Define what is and is not a group.
- Explain and apply roles and norms in a group.
- Explain Tuckman’s stages of group formation.
- Identify group leadership styles.