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Teamwork. What a daunting word, knowing that we will be playing a specific part to helping others attain the grade they want and deserve. However my real fear lies in knowing that others might not pull their weight, and although we can give feedback and encourage others to contribute, at the end of the day our group members are still doing work that we might not necessarily agree with or feel is up to standard of work we would complete individually. All of this can seem extremely frightening however it wasn’t until I considered all of the positive elements that can come from teamwork (Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. 1992). For example in the ‘Turning Student Groups into Effective Teams’, reading (Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. 2004) we see that people are not born with the skills required for high performance teamwork, however as mentioned in my previous journal we learn through experience and the skills that come from teamwork are skills that are of high value out in the real world, and with more and more jobs encouraging group work to inspire innovation to increase productivity, working in teams and trying to construct effective teams in Management300 is a stepping stone to acquiring those skills and preparing ourselves for what is to come.

 

In regards to creating effective teams it was interesting when we received the explanation of how groups were formed for our MikesBikes teamwork. One of the readings says that instructor-formed teams have proven more efficient in studies, vs. self-selected teams, however it also mentions that diverse groups, including both weak and stronger skilled students are ‘well-functioning’ teams, as the weak students learn from the good students, seeing how they tackle different tasks, also that the stronger students benefit also, “thoroughly to teach another is the best way to learn for yourself,” (Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. 2004). We were however told in class that all the students that received a Shareholder Value of lower than $20 were placed in groups together so that they would not demotivate and bring stronger team members down. This was an interesting approach in selecting teams, and I definitely see where the selectors were coming from but after having this reading I was left wondering why they choose the methods they did, any whether the “weaker” teams will be more motivated to step up and get the job done. 

 

References

Oakley, B., Felder, R. M., Brent, R., & Elhajj, I. (2004). Turning student groups into effective teams. Journal of student centered learning, 2(1), 9--34.

Katzenbach, J. R. & Smith, D. K. (1992). Why teams matter. McKinsey Quarterly, (3), 3--27



3 Comments

  1. I think you comprehended the main points of the readings and discussed it in great depth, it shows a great understanding of the concepts. However for next time you may want to apply it to your own real life situations and experiences in order to reflect thoroughly and have it contribute to your learning growth much more. I liked how you mentioned the approach of the students who put the teams together and that they had selected the student who had a SHV lower than 25. I do feel that this could have a huge disadvantage upon them, and hopefully they are able to still get valuable learning from being in that group. Overall good reflection for the week, good luck for the rest of the semester! 

  2. Hey, Olivia :)

    Apologies for the delayed feedback, I wasn't able to log on to the wiki.

    I felt a little stab of pain for everyone below $20 also, I can only hope that the hypothesis that they just "hadn't put enough time in yet" stands true for their sakes!

    Although I enjoyed hearing your experience, I think basing it more around the Daudelin structure of reflection would have given it more clear structure (I.e. identify the problem, hypothesize and suggest what actions you'll take) I could see elements of it but wouldn't have minded it being a little more spelt out rather than a stream of consciousness.

    That being said, I enjoy how you write. Keep up the good work :)

     

  3. Good journal entry. I can totally relate to it and it's easy to understand, which means that you know what you're saying and you understand the theories that you were talking about. (smile) I like how you used the team formation for our group project as an example and related it back to the theories we've learnt last week. I also found it interesting on how you questioned the process of how we were placed in teams. Great writing! All the best to you.