A Review on Group Based Projects

A Review on Group Based Projects

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A Review on Group Based Projects
by Andrea Gallo

Poole and Bournemouth College 2012
FdA Business and Management – Year 1
Introduction to Management
Lecturer: Peter Matthews

Table of Contents

Review on Group Based Projects 3
Introduction 3
Theories on Group Development 3
Questions 4
Conclusion 4
Personal Reflection on Group Development 5
Introduction 5
Orientation 5
Conflict 5
Emergence 5
Reinforcement 6
Conclusion 6
Appendix 7
History of Group Dynamics as a Field of Research 7
Theories and Models of Group Development 7
Tuckman's Group Development Model 8
Further Developments 9
Fisher’s Decision Emergence Theory 9
Kolb’s Learning Cycle 11
Concrete Experience (doing / having an experience) 11
Reflective Observation (reviewing / reflecting on the experience) 11
Abstract Conceptualisation (concluding / learning from the experience) 12
Active Experimentation (planning / trying out what you have learned) 12
Belbin’s Team roles 12

Bibliography 15

Review on Group Based Projects
The findings of how groups develop and evolve have been the subject of researches since the 20th Century (Robbins and Judge, 2007). Over the years, a large number of group development hypotheses were proposed (Hill and Gruner, 1973). After extensive research and validated interpretations, many group development theories emerged.   
Researchers believe that co-facilitation complements member’s styles and produces better results than working alone (Pfeiffer and Jones, 1975). Modern management has also become increasingly aware of the importance of team work. According to Kzolowski and Bell (2003), a modern organisation is a network of interconnected teams rather than a mere collection of individuals (Buchanan and Huczynski, 2010).
Theories on Group Development
The first research was done by Lewin (1951) who introduced the term group dynamics as persuasive interactive processes, operations and changes within groups....

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