The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization

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Running Head: THE IMPORTANCE OF WORK PLACE DIVERSITY IN AN
ORGANIZATION
The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization
Gina Cazeau/MGT 307/Week4/May2009
University of Phoenix/Professor R. Cullivan

Abstract
This paper will define a team and a group, and the difference between the two. It will also examine the importance of workplace diversity in an organization and how it relates to team dynamics in the workplace.

The Importance of Workplace Diversity in an Organization
Introduction
A lot of organizations have always been puzzled by that fascinating question: when does a group become a team? The definitions a group and a team will be given and the difference between them will be explored. We will also answer those two last questions. We will also examine the importance of workplace diversity in an organization, and how it relates to team dynamics in the workplace. Some examples will be used to illustrate those concepts. Team

According to the book Wisdom of Teams “A team is a small group of people with complementary skills and abilities who are committed to a common goal and approach for which they hold each other accountable” (para. 2). The best size for a team is usually 7-12 individuals. Larger teams require more structure and support; smaller teams often have difficulty meeting when members are absent. Members have skills and abilities that complement the team’s purpose. Not all members have the same skills; put together they are greater than the sum of their parts. Teams identify and reach consensus on their common goal and approach. Group

A group can be defined as a small group of people with complementary skills and abilities who are committed to a leader’s goal and approach and are willing to be held...
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