Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in Group About Cost

Element 1Analyse advantages and disadvantages of working in groups. ------------------------------------------------- Element 2Explain group processes and their effect on group function. -------------------------------------------------

Element 3Outline strategies to manage conflict in a group. Assessment Conditions --------------------------------------------

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Date: ________________| Task One: Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups Question One * Analyse at least FIVE of the ten areas listed below looking at the advantages and disadvantages of working in groups. * Size| * Shared Goals| * Skills and Knowledge| * Time| * Attitudes| * Context|

* Hierarchy| * Task and Process Orientation| * Cost| * Culture (Ethnic/or Corporate)| ------------------------------------------------- You will need to back up your information with real-life situations where you have been part of a group and/or case studies you have researched. -------------------------------------------------

Question Two * Explain at least TWO situations where the use of group would be appropriate or inappropriate. Question Three * Discuss FIVE advantages and FIVE disadvantages of working in groups. Relate your answers to all of the following areas. * Quality of decisions| * Commitment to decisions|

* Relationship building| * Task familiarity| Question Four * Examine FIVE factors from the list below that influence group effectiveness. * Group goals| * Balance of goals| * expertise| * norms| * conflict| * attitudes| * commitment| | Task Two: Explain group processes. | | | | Write a report which covers the areas listed below. You will need to back up your information with theories, and/or case studies and/or real-life situations where you have been part of a group to emphasize your main points | | | | | Group Development * Explain group processes in terms of the stages of group development. Group Goals

* Identify group goals and norms operating within groups in general. Group Behaviours * Identify the different behaviours and roles that are often exhibited within a group by participants. Group Leadership Styles * Explain three leadership styles and compare their effect on a range of groups. Group Decision Making * Explain three decision making styles and compared the styles in terms of their effect on group function. Group Roles * Explain three Task roles and three Maintenance roles that are exhibited by participants and outline their effect on group function. Task Three: Groupthink Strategies for groups

* Identified the potential consequences of groupthink on effective decision making. * Describe two strategies that can be used to avoid groupthink happening. Task Four: Outline strategies to manage conflict in a group | | | | Give detailed information for each of the following areas. | | | | | * Describe the positive and negative effects of conflict in terms of their impact on group function. Identify the strategies that can be used for managing conflict in a group and explain in terms of mitigating (to give somebody an acceptable reason for taking a particular action) the impact of conflict on group function.

* You need to include the following: 1. Accommodation 2. Avoidance 3. Compromise 4. Competition 5. Collaboration Task Five: Cultures (ethnic) within Groups * Identified cultural influences on group processes and explain their effect on group function. At least three examples of different cultural influences is required. * Identity cultural preferences in conflict management styles * Discuss these cultural preferences in terms of their impact on managing conflict in a group. At least two examples of different cultural preferences is required