Week 5 discussion Questions
Please answer the following two questions separately. Each question should be 2 or more paragraphs.
1. Focusing on the material related to team building, compare and contrast this MGMT591 session with a team that you are familiar with. In what aspects does the class resemble a team? Are there parallels between the stages of team development and the progression of our class? What type of team formation is going on in this classroom? Does the notion of social loafing apply to our class in any respect?
Please be specific in your examples, and support your opinion with evidence from the text.
- “Help! I have just been assigned to head a new product design team at my company. The division manager has high expectations for the team and for myself, but I have been a technical design engineer for four years since graduating from college. I have never managed anyone, let alone led a team. The manager keeps talking about her confidence that I will be very good at creating lots of teamwork. Does anyone out there have any tips to help me master this challenge? Help!”
- You immediately start to formulate your recommendations. What are the three key things you will advise her to do, and why those three first?