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Group Dynamics for Teams

ISBN-10: 1412999537
ISBN-13: 9781412999533
Edition: 4th 2014
Authors: Daniel Levi
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Description: This clear and engaging book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior  More...

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Book details

List price: $90.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

This clear and engaging book explains the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues, this book helps readers understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work.The fourth edition has been updated and streamlined throughout, and coverage of the latest research is incorporated in every chapter. Key new topics include emotional intelligence and the impact of diversity on teamwork. In addition, aánewáLeadingáVirtual Teamsáfeature has been added to provide guidance and tips to off-site teams that are using communication technology to facilitate their work on shared tasks.Features:Examines basic group dynamics concepts, such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication Reviews the main challenges that teams faceùsuch as conflict, decision making, problem solving, creativity, and valuing diversity Discusses the organizational context of teamsùincluding the impacts of organizational culture, virtual teamwork, rewarding teams, and team building An appendix contains tools and advice to help students in project teams

Daniel Levi is a Professor in the Psychology and Human Development Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the University of Arizona. He teaches classes in group dynamics and in social, environmental, and organizational psychology. In addition, he teaches classes in teamwork and the psychology of technological change in courses primarily for engineering students at Cal Poly. He has conducted research and worked as a consultant with factory and engineering teams for companies such as Nortel Networks, TRW, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics. In addition, he has researched international team project related to concurrent engineering.Dr. Levi's research and consulting with factory teams primarily has focused on the use of teams to support technological change and the adoption of just-in-time and quality programs. This work examined a variety of team issues including job redesign, training, compensation, supervision, and change management approaches. His work with professional teams primarily has been done with engineering design teams. These projects examined the use of concurrent engineering, self-management, and the globalization of teams. The topics of this work included the impact of information technology on teams, faciliation and training needs for professional teams, and the impacts of organizational culture and leadership.Early work on the present book was sponsored by an engineering education grant from NASA. This project focused on the development of teamwork skills in engineering students working on multidisciplinary projects.

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