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MGT 312 Week 3 Knowledge Check
1. What is the term used to describe performance hitches that arise most exclusively from lack of synchronization and enthusiasm among members of a group?
2. Identify an accurate statement about sequential task interdependence.
3. Tara, a college freshman, is a talented singer and cheerleader. After various trials, she is offered a place in both the college choir and the cheerleading squad. However, she cannot be a part of both these groups because their practice schedules overlap. Both groups have the same number of members and are equally successful in the college community. However, the selection process for the choir is much more rigorous and it is considered more of an honor to belong to the choir. Therefore, Tara chooses to stay with the choir. In this case, which determinant of group cohesiveness has Tara most likely considered while making her decision?
4. Identify the most accurate description of social loafing.
5. What is an effective technique to curb social loafing in work groups?
6. Aiden, a software engineer, is a competent, hard-working, and disciplined employee. He is part of a seven-member team working on a high-budget project. The other members of Aiden’s group are not as dependable as Aiden and often avoided the tasks assigned to them. Consequently, Aiden has to work twice as hard to make up for the incompetence of his group members. Eventually, Aiden starts to worry that others are taking advantage of his efficiency. Deciding to put an end to this, he started to cut back on his efforts. This brought down the productivity of the whole group and Aiden’s individual performance. What concept is illustrated in this scenario?
7. Identify the type of faulty decision making in which members focus entirely on arriving at a common agreement and overlook crucial information or potential risks in the process of doing so.
8. Identify a disadvantage of group decision making.
9. An international pharmaceutical corporation wants to decide on the composition of a particular drug. The decision requires the opinions of experts, so a questionnaire is created and sent to the R&D experts in all of the company’s different facilities. In two weeks’ time, the questionnaires are filled and returned to the headquarters. Analysts evaluate the data from the questionnaires and arrived at a prospective composition for the drug. This is sent to the different R&D teams again for confirmation and suggestions. The process is repeated until an agreed-upon decision is made. Which group decision-making technique is illustrated in this scenario?
10. Identify the stage of Tuckman’s five-stage model that immediately precedes the dissolving of the group after the members have achieved their goals.
11. What is true about the norming stage of Tuckman’s five-stage model?
12. Ajima is part of a five-member group at her company. The group is responsible for making presentations and creating reports. To get the group started, Ajima tries to get to know everybody on her team. Without any discussion of leadership, she starts allocating tasks to the members of her group; this is met by resistance and conflict. Eventually however, the group begins to understand Ajima’s leadership style and starts forming ties with each other and with Ajima. At the end of this stage, they start agreeing on common rules for behavior. In what stage of Tuckman’s model is Ajima’s group presently?
13. In which type of role orientation does a new employee exclusively follow predeterminedb instructions, norms, rules, and guidelines of existing group members at an organization?
14. Identify an accurate difference between fixed and variable tactics.
15. Sasha and Eric had applied to different sororities in their college. On being accepted,Sasha found that her sorority members were very friendly and welcoming. They seemed to enjoy having her with them and explained the norms of their group. Sasha was very comfortable and felt included in everything. Eric, on the contrary, had a rough experience.His fraternity members were rude and did not bother to explain the norms or include him in any activities of the fraternity. He was constantly insulted and often, had to run errands for the senior members. Identify an accurate statement among the following in the context of socialization tactics.
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