Week One Discussion Questions
* What are the five components of team communication as defined in Ch. 1 of Working in Groups? * The five components of team communication are as follows: Three or more members, Interaction, Common Goal, Interdependence, Working
Why is each component necessary to teamwork? It combines the best qualities and talents of all members to achieve a common goal.
| Why is the size of a team an important component? You accomplish more common goals when your group is more than five.
| What are the advantages of working in teams? Superior performance, greater member satisfaction, more learning, enhanced cultural understanding, more creativity, greater civic engagement. When might working in teams be a disadvantage? When working in a group is not the appropriate way to achieve a goal, when members do not work to their full potential or when problems interfere with group members willingness and ability to communicate
From your past work in teams, describe your experiences with the stages of team development discussed in Ch. 2 of Working in Groups.
| Which do you think is more effective: face-to-face or virtual teams? Explain your answer.
| Do virtual and face-to-face teams experience the stages of group development in the same way? Explain.
| * When individuals join a team, they are independent members. Teams function best when team members are interdependent rather than independent. * How does a team move from being a group of independent members to being interdependent?
What are the five components of team communication as defined in Ch. 1 of Working in Groups? The five components of team communication are as follows: * Three or more members, Interaction, Common Goal, Independence, Working....
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