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Assignment 2: Decision Making in Groups and Effective Communication
You are a consultant hired to help improve the
productivity of Celia Jane, a medium-sized furniture design firm. Celia
Jane always kept up with the competition but now would like to gain
some market share and expand its business.
Traditionally, employees at Celia Jane work in groups of
eight. Li, the CEO of Celia Jane, believes that working in groups aids
creativity and productivity. As the consultant, however, you know that
working in groups also has some negative consequences.
Explain to Li the factors that lead to ineffective decision making in groups, taking into consideration the following terms:
- Social loafing
- Free riding
- The sucker effect
- Process loss
How does each factor affect the organization’s productivity?
How will you determine the stage of group development
that the groups are currently in, and how will this influence your
suggestions to Li?
What suggestions will you make to Li about how he can maximize the productivity of the work groups?
Li also believes that one great advantage of working in
groups is brainstorming. As the consultant, suggest what he can do to
ensure brainstorming is as effective as possible.
Using what we have learned regarding communication,
write a plan which explains the best way for Li to effectively
communicate his expectations regarding group work to his employees.
For this assignment and all Dropbox assignments,
you are required to cite, at a minimum, the online course and the
textbook for the course. Additional sources are welcome. Scholarly
sources are preferred and can be found through Argosy University online
library resources. Please see the Library and Tutoring Services
section under Course Home to use Argosy University online library
resources. Additional, non-scholarly sources from
reputable Web and print sources are also acceptable. For reputable Web
sources, look for .org, .net, or .edu sites as opposed to .com sites.
Use APA standards.
Submit your response to the M4: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Your response should be at least three pages long.
Please be careful of plagiarism as it almost got me kicked out of school.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
|Explained to Li the
factors that lead to ineffective decision making in groups, taking into
consideration the terms given in the assignment.
|Determined the stage of group development and explained how this influenced your suggestions to Li.
|Outlined suggestions to Li on how to maximize the productivity of the work groups.
|Provided suggestions for how Li could ensure brainstorming was as effective as possible.
|Organization, usage and mechanics: Introduction, transitions, and conclusion; grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.
In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of
quotations and other elements of style (such as tone, audience, and word
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