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Left Behind

Analysis by Joe Schmoe
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Left Behind

Analysis by Joe Schmoe
Case Study Analysis
Case Study Analysis

Part I: Group Development
In “The Forgotten Group Member” case study, the organizational behavior group developed using some of these five stages: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. Forming is characterized by the groups desire to be accepted. This is the orientation part of the group development and a leader is chosen. In the storming stage, group members often discuss and debate about which tasks and duties are assigned to whom. The key factor in the successful transition from this stage is the ability to listen. While in the norming phase, cohesion is evident through the group’s interpersonal relationships. Each member is opened to new ideas based on the facts presented by other members. An understanding of each other leads to a higher trust level which leads to a better working team. Performing, while not reached by every group, is an evolution of independence within the group, where there is trust that everyone will perform as desired and there are no interpersonal issues amongst the members. The final stage is adjourning, which includes the conclusion of tasks, relationships, goodbyes and the recognition of performances and participation in the group.

According to this case study, the organizational behavior group, led by Christine, is a in the storming stage. Assuming Christine was unaware of the storming stage of group development, she could have made a more aggressive attempt to speak with Mike before the fifth week. There were issues with Mike that needed attention early on. Some would argue that the group would be in the norming stage but these conflicts were never resolved which puts them still in the storming stage. Everyone in the group was getting along and they understand their role, all but Mike. This...
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