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How is the increasing diversity of the workforce likely to affect productivity? What can be done to remedy the negative consequences of 'groupthink'? And what steps can be taken to improve the quality of group decisions? This volume discusses these and other questions associated with productivity and functioning in small groups. Among the topics explored are group productivity, problem identification, group decision making, behaviour technology and group dynamics. The contributors, leading scholars from a cross-section of disciplines, challenge many current beliefs about groups.
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTIONWhere Is the Group in Social Psychology? - Jeffry A Simpson and Wendy Wood An Historical OverviewPART ONE: SMALL GROUP DECISION MAKINGSection Preface - Charles D SamuelsonProblem Identification by Groups - Richard L Moreland and John M LevinePooling of Unshared Information During Group Discussion - Garold StasserIssue Importance and Group Decision Making - Norbert L KerrPART TWO: GROUP MEMBER ATTRIBUTES AND STATUSSection Preface - Nancy RhodesMinority Dissent as a Stimulant to Group Performance - Charlan Jeanne NemethSocial Exchange Orientation Versus Social Reinforcement Orientation in Controversial Discussions - Hermann Brandstätter and Klemens WaldhörTeam Composition in Organizational Settings - Susan E Jackson Issues in Managing an Increasingly Diverse WorkforcePART THREE: GROUP DEVELOPMENT, PRIVILEGE AND POWERSection Preface - Katherine A HannulaA Developmental Approach to Group Dynamics - Stephen Worchel, Dawna Coutant-Sassic and Michele Grossman A Model and Illustrative Research'But Some Animals are More Equal Than Others' - Lawrence A Messé, Norbert L Kerr and David N Sattler The Supervisor as a Privileged Status in Group ContextsDoes Behavior Technology Change Practitioners' Behavior as Well as the Behavior of People They Are Trying to Change? - David KipnisPART FOUR: WORK GROUP NORMS AND OUTCOMESSection Preface - John E SawyerUnderstanding and Measuring Group Productivity - Robert D Pritchard and Margaret D WatsonFamiliarity and Work Group Outcomes - Paul S Goodman and Samir Shah