Chapter 8 Group Dynamics and Teamwork

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What is a Group? A Working Definition

A group is a collection of two or more interacting individuals in a stable pattern of relationships, provides rewards to its members, who share goals, and perceive themselves as a group.

Group characteristics:

  • two or more people in social interaction.

  • rewards to members.

  • stable structure.

  • members share common interests or goals.

  • individuals must perceive themselves as a group.

Mere aggregates of people do not fit this definition because they do not interact and do not perceive themselves to be a group even if they are aware of each other as, for instance, a crowd on a street comer watching some event (nominal groups). True groups posses all of the qualities of groups, especially the quality of interaction (interacting groups).

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