Groups and teams

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In today's business world groups and teams is an important part of any successful company. Companies today are constantly looking for new ways to get the most from their employees. A trend in today's business world is the power of groups or teams. The purpose of this paper is to explain what groups and teams are, why they are important in today's business society, and what types of factors come into play when groups are organized.

A group is defined as "a group of two or more people who work together regularly to achieve common goals" (Schermerhorn, Hunt, Osborn 2005). A good group is a group that regularly works well together towards achieving a common goal. In a good group each group member is dependent on one another to achieve maximum success for themselves as well as the organization they work for. In a successful group, members look forward to accomplishing each task they are assigned and they also look forward to working together again in the future.

A group is capable of becoming a high performing team if the correct criteria are met. The criteria of a high performance team are items such as, task accomplishments, member satisfaction group synergy, and group dynamics. Group synergy is the theory that the group will be more effective working together than each member individually. The theory is based on the fact that more people have the potential to brainstorm and arrive at a larger group of conclusions than the thoughts of a single member. Group dynamics are "the forces operating in groups that effect the way members relate to and work with one another (Schermerhorn, Hunt, Osborn 2005). In order for good group dynamics two main factors need to by occurring. These factors are required behaviors and emergent behaviors. Required behaviors are...