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comm 150 test 2

terms - ch.10

Work group A collection of three or more people who must interact and influence each other to solve problems and to accomplish a common purpose
Group goal A future state of affairs desired by enough members of the group to motivate the group to work toward its achievement
Specific goal A precisely stated, measurable, and behavioral goal
Consistent goals Complementary goals: achieving one goal does not prevent the achievement of another
Challenging goals Goals that require hard work and team effort; they motivate group members to do things beyond what they might normally accomplish
Acceptable goals Goals to which members feel personally committed.
Homogeneous group Group in which members have a great deal of similarity
Heterogeneous group Group in which various demographics, levels of knowledge, attitudes, and interests are represented
Cohesiveness The degree of attraction members have to each other and to the group’s goal
Team building activities Activities designed to help the group work better together
Norms Expectations for the way group members will behave while in the group
Ground rules Prescribed behaviors designed to help the group meet its goals and conduct its conversations
Synergy A commonality of purpose and a complementariness of each other’s efforts that produces a group outcome greater than an individual outcome
Face-to-face meeting A meeting in which all members come together in one physical location to make a decision or solve a problem
Virtual meeting A meeting in which people in various locations use technology to work together on a decision or problem
Forming The initial stage of group development during which people come to feel valued and accepted so that they identify with the group
Storming The stage of group development during which the group clarifies its goals and determines the roles each member will have in the group power structure
Groupthink A deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment that results from in-group pressure
Norming The stage of group development during which the group solidifies its rules for behavior, especially those that relate to how conflict will be managed
Performing The stage of group development when the skills, knowledge and abilities of all members are combined to overcome obstacles and meet goals successfully
Adjourning The stage of group development in which members assign meaning to what they have done and determine how to end or maintain interpersonal relations they have developed
Question of fact Questions concerned with discovering what is true or to what extent something is true
Questions of value Questions that concern subjective judgments of what is right, moral , good or just
Questions of policy Questions that concern what courses of action should be taken or what rules should be adopted to solve a problem
Brainstorming An uncritical, non-evaluative process of generating associated ideas
Decision making The process of choosing among alternatives
Created by: mjbarne