The following report systematically examines the interactions among a group of five first year MBA students in the first two months of school year in order to better facilitate the team interactions. The group consists of five members. They have various backgrounds. Three of them, B, C, and D have a technical or engineering background, whereas A has a background in investment banking and E is a JD/MBA candidate. D and E are native Canadians and A came from South America. C immigrated to Canada from Asia 10 years ago. B is originally from India and has been working in North America for several years before joining Rotman.
At the beginning of the term, everyone was excited and motivated at the beginning of a new school year. Among all, B was the most motivated and involved member within the group. He informed the group members with emails about any new information he gathered, whether it was about the group assignment or any other general information. He took initiative in setting up group lunches, shared information regarding sources of used textbooks and sent emails to everyone in the team to remind them any upcoming deadlines for individual and/or group assignments. He showed a strong interest in developing a closer relationship and a tighter bonding among the group members. The effect of cultural themes has come into the scene of the group interaction. Cultural themes shape people’s perception of how to efficiently and effectively work in a group setting. As mentioned before, B was originally from India. Asian culture is typically inclines more towards collectivism. Although he has been working in North America for several years, cultural themes were conveyed to him during childhood and early adulthood. His behavior reflected a higher degree of simpatía which has a higher level of attention of social interaction. His initial interactions, such as providing other information unrelated to group assignments, showed...