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Group Dynamics for Teams

Group Dynamics for Teams

Fifth Edition
  • Daniel Levi - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA
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January 2016 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Incorporating the latest research throughout, Daniel Levi’s Fifth Edition explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics, focusing on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research and a practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this engaging book helps readers understand and more effectively participate in teams. 

CHAPTER 1. Understanding Teams
Defining Groups and Teams  
Purposes and Types of Teams  
Why Organizations Use Teams  
History of Teams and Group Dynamics  
Leading Virtual Teams: Virtual Meetings and Virtual Collaboration—Selecting Technologies to Use for Your Team  
Team Leader’s Challenge 1  
Survey: Attitudes Toward Teamwork  
Activity: Working in Teams  
CHAPTER 2. Defining Team Success
Nature of Team Success  
Conditions for Team Success  
Characteristics of Successful Teams  
Positive Psychology View of Team Success  
Using Teams in the Workplace  
Team Leader’s Challenge 2  
Activity: Understanding Team Success  
Chapter 3. Team Beginnings
Stages of Teamwork  
Group Socialization  
Team Goals  
Team Norms  
Application: Jump-Starting Project Teams  
Leading Virtual Teams: Starting a Virtual Team  
Team Leader’s Challenge 3  
Activity: Observing Team Norms  
Activity: Developing a Team Contract  
CHAPTER 4. Understanding the Basic Team Processes
Group Cohesion  
Team Roles  
Task and Social Behaviors  
Team Adaptation and Learning  
Leading Virtual Teams: Motivating Participation in Virtual Meetings  
Team Leader’s Challenge 4  
Activity: Observing Task and Social Behaviors  
CHAPTER 5. Cooperation and Competition
Teamwork as a Mixed-Motive Situation  
Why Are People in Teams Competitive?  
Problems With Competition  
Benefits of and Problems With Cooperation  
Application: Encouraging Cooperation  
Leading Virtual Teams: Building Trust and Social Relationships  
Team Leader’s Challenge 5  
Survey: Cooperative, Competitive, or Individualistic Orientation  
Activity: Understanding Competitive Versus Cooperative Goals  
CHAPTER 6. Communication Written by David Askay
Communication Process  
Flow of a Team’s Communications  
Emotional Intelligence  
Facilitating Team Meetings  
Communication Skills for Team Meetings  
Leading Virtual Teams: Running Virtual Meetings to Ensure Everyone Is Following the Agenda and People Arrive at the Same Understanding  
Team Leader’s Challenge 6  
Survey: Team Emotional Intelligence  
Activity: Observing Communication Patterns in a Team  
CHAPTER 7. Managing Conflict
Conflict Is Normal  
Sources of Conflict  
Impact of Conflict  
Conflict Resolution Approaches  
Managing Team Conflicts  
Leading Virtual Teams: Reducing Conflict and Developing Collaboration  
Team Leader’s Challenge 7  
Survey: Conflict Resolution Styles  
Activity: Observing Conflict Resolution Styles  
CHAPTER 8. Power and Social Influence
Definitions of Power and Social Influence  
Types of Power  
Power Dynamics  
Application: Acting Assertively  
Leading Virtual Teams: Ensuring Dissenting Voices Are Heard and Empowering the Team  
Team Leader’s Challenge 8  
Activity: Using Power Styles—Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive  
CHAPTER 9. Decision Making
Value of Group Decision Making  
Approaches to Group Decision Making  
Decision-Making Problems  
Decision-Making Techniques  
Application: Consensus Decision Making  
Leading Virtual Teams: Encouraging Agreement on a Decision  
Team Leader’s Challenge 9  
Activity: Making Consensus Decisions  
Activity: Group Versus Individual Decision Making  
CHAPTER 10. Leadership
Alternative Designs of Leadership for Teams  
Approaches to Leadership  
Situational Leadership Theory  
Self-Managing Teams  
Application: The Functional Approach to Leading Teams  
Leading Virtual Teams: New Approaches to Leadership in Virtual Teams  
Team Leader’s Challenge 10  
Survey: Leadership Styles  
Activity: Observing the Leader’s Behavior  
CHAPTER 11. Problem Solving
Approaches to Problem Solving  
Descriptive Approach: How Teams Solve Problems  
Functional Approach: Advice on Improving Team Problem Solving  
Prescriptive Approach: Rational Problem-Solving Model  
Problem-Solving Teams  
Application: Problem-Solving Techniques for Teams  
Team Leader’s Challenge 11  
Activity: Using Problem-Solving Techniques  
CHAPTER 12. Creativity
Creativity and Its Characteristics  
Individual Creativity  
Group Creativity  
Organizational Environment and Creativity  
Application: Team Creativity Techniques  
Leading Virtual Teams: Virtual Creativity  
Team Leader’s Challenge 12  
Activity: Comparing Different Creativity Techniques  
CHAPTER 13. Diversity
The Nature of Diversity  
Problems of Diversity  
Causes of Diversity Problems  
Effects of Diversity  
Application: Creating a Context to Support Diversity  
Team Leader’s Challenge 13  
Survey: Attitudes Toward Diversity  
Activity: Understanding Gender and Status Differences in a Team  
CHAPTER 14. Team, Organizational, and International Culture
Team Culture  
Defining Organizational Culture  
Organizational Culture and Teamwork  
Dimensions of International Culture  
International Differences in Teamwork  
Transnational Teams  
Leading Virtual Teams: Dealing With Cultural Issues  
Team Leader’s Challenge 14  
Survey: Individualism–Collectivism  
Activity: Evaluating a Team’s Culture and Cultural Context  
Activity: Comparing United States and Japanese Teams  
CHAPTER 15. Virtual Teamwork
Use of Communication Technologies  
Communication Impacts  
Team Impacts  
Selecting the Right Technology  
Challenge of Virtual Teams  
Team Leader’s Challenge 15  
Activity: Developing Netiquette for Virtual Teams  
Activity: Experiencing Teamwork in a Simulated Virtual Team  
CHAPTER 16. Evaluating and Rewarding Teams
Team Performance Evaluations  
Reward Systems  
Rewarding Individual Team Members  
Team and Organizational Reward Programs  
Relationship of Rewards to Types of Teams  
Team Leader’s Challenge 16  
Survey: Individual Versus Team Rewards  
Activity: Evaluating and Rewarding a Project Team  
Activity: Team Halo Effect  
CHAPTER 17. Team Building and Team Training
What Is Team Building?  
Does Your Team Need Team Building?  
Types of Team-Building Programs  
Team Training  
Types of Training  
Team Leader’s Challenge 17  
Activity: Team Building  
Activity: Appreciative Inquiry of Teamwork  
Appendix: Guide to Student Team Projects
Starting the Team  
Planning and Developing the Project  
Monitoring the Project and Maintaining Teamwork  
Performing Team Writing  
Wrapping Up and Completing the Project  


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  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, and short answer/essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
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  • Discussion questions cover key concepts and issues appropriate for classroom discussion.
  • Lively and stimulating class activities can be used to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Video links support and expand on key concepts, appealing to students with different learning styles.

I have found this book to be a good fit for the way Group Dynamics plays out in the work place. It will be a required text for the class that starts in late August 2016.

Professor William Howard Foley
Business Administration , Aquinas College
February 15, 2016
Key features


  • The relationship of positive psychology to teamwork focuses on motivating and encouraging individual growth to contribute to overall team development.
  • New coverage in Chapter 6 written by David Askay on the communication problems that teams encounter (such as poor processing of information, dysfunctional decision making, and gender biases) includes practical solutions to these problems.
  • Expanded discussion of the impact of diversity on teamwork includes multiculturalism, gender, age, and international culture, with examples of diversity issues and how to manage them woven throughout the book.
  • Increased coverage of technology issues includes the importance of developing technology use norms, the impact of technology on the communication process, managing conflicts that occur through communications technology, and the interaction of technology and culture in transnational teams.
  • A revised conflict chapter demonstrates the positive benefits of conflict when it is appropriately managed through a safe team environment that encourages constructive controversy.
  • A new focus on team creativity demonstrates the role of feedback and constructive controversy in inspiring creativity as an ongoing process.


  • Practical coverage of basic group dynamics concepts, including goals, norms, cooperation, and communication, gives readers the understanding they need to work effectively in teams.
  • An emphasis on the main challenges that teams face, such as conflict, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and valuing diversity, prepares students to be more effective team members and leaders.
  • Easy-to-understand coverage of the organizational context of teams includes insightful discussions of the impact of organizational culture, virtual teamwork, rewarding teams, and team building.
  • Case studies with discussion questions provide a realistic look at how teams function in the everyday world.
  • Student learning aids include chapter-ending activities for application of concepts; surveys with discussion questions that personalize the learning experience; and point-by-point summaries that are ideal for review.
  • A useful appendix contains tools and advice to help students work successfully on team projects.

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