'An evaluation of how the study of Organisational Behaviour in the sports industry is relevant to me'
In this essay, I will be studying group formation, a concept taught in Organisational Behaviour (OB) and reflecting on how it was relevant to me during my first year of university.
“Reflection of what has been learned in order to experiment with new situations and to come aware of new possibilities is a vital part of the learning process” (MULLINS, 2010). I will also be examining how leadership traits and theories interlink with group work, and looking back at how my behaviour when working with others and leadership style changed after attending the OB seminars and lectures. I will discuss my feelings and experiences when forming groups, talk about the problems that arose, and the solutions to the problems; in which are all personal to me, therefore I will be supporting them with OB concepts and theories I learnt throughout the term. Before studying OB I didn't have much of an academic understanding of group formation but already had some knowledge from my own experiences working in groups at college and sports groups for example. As I have a part time job, I did know however that much organisational work is performed in teams, so being able to work productively with others is important. When Liam was asked in a seminar as to why we are assessed in group presentations, we were told that it was partly because it is easier and less time consuming for the seminar tutor to mark and also because employers want recruits who are good 'team players'. This way we are learning the skills employers are looking for, ready for when we graduate and find work. I know that I want a managerial job which will include leading a team, so it is vital to know how they work. My first experience of group formation at university was being placed into tutor groups at the very beginning of the term, in which I found the process rather daunting as I entered a room full of strangers in a place I was unfamiliar with. This however, was a group that I would be part of for the next 3 years so everyone was keen to make a good first impression. No one knew one another yet but as we are all studying Sport with Business Studies, presumably that meant everyone has an interest in sport and wants progress after university into similar career paths, meaning we all had a common goal. One definition of a group by (French, 2011), Organizational behaviour is a collection of two or more people who interact with each other regularly to achieve common goals. At this point in time though, other than a few nervous introductions, I hadn't really interacted with the others and wasn't working directly with other members of my group. I was solely there for my own benefit as group relations hadn't yet been developed; this type of group is known as an aggregate of individuals. We were a collection of unrelated people who happened to be in close physical proximity. Adapted from (Buchanan, 2004) In the following weeks during fresher's fortnight, while there was no work to be completed, I formed relationships with people in my group and became part of a psychological group of four, who I appeared to gel with on a social level. We spent time getting to know each other better, gaining an understanding each other's personalities and our motives for being at university. Psychological groups have a minimum of two people with no limit on a maximum number, however more members means more possible relationships and a greater level of communication is needed in order for the group to be successful. Large groups need a complex structure which can be difficult to achieve. All members of the group need to be able to interact with each other face to face and be aware of their own role within the group and they should feel a sense of belonging to the group and strive to achieve common goals. (Buchanan, 2004) At the same time, I was also forming other groups, with my flat mates,...
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