Week 3

Dq

1

How can understanding stages of group development and group
properties help employees in a work group function more effectively?

As a manager, how
would you help employees come to that understanding?

2

What is the difference between a group and a team?

Would your strategy
be different for putting together a group than creating a team?

Explain your answer

3

Although
the optimal level of conflict can be functional, no conflict or too much
conflict can be dysfunctional.

What steps would you as a manager take to stimulate some degree of conflict
when appropriate and reduce conflict when it is excessive?

Week 4

Dq1

Organizational
culture is in many ways beneficial for an organization and its employees but
can also be a liability.

What do you think are the most significant ways that organizational culture is
beneficial? A liability?

Be sure to provide specific examples.

2

An
effective manager accepts the political nature of organizations. Power tactics
are used to translate power bases into specific action, and there are a number
of tactics that could be used in various situations.

As a manager trying to influence your employees, what tactics would you
personally be most likely to use? Why?

3

Employees
often see change as threatening.

What are some of the sources of resistance to change, and what can you as a
manager do to overcome that resistance?