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Coming into this week I was feeling a little nervous about the team formation that was happening during the week, hoping that I would have a good team that would turn up and contribute. After doing the readings on teamwork and turning student groups into effective teams, along with what Peter spoke about during class about the importance of goal orientation of the teams, I thought back to my previous experiences as a member of a team, both in university and elsewhere, and reflected on how they were successful.


In my previous semester as a part of INTBUS 307 our teams were self-selected with the goal of having some cultural diversity within the team. In contrast to the reading, I felt as though our team had a spread of “stronger” to “weaker” students, with each student still bringing something important to the team. We worked well as a team, and received really good marks, the key to this, which was inline with what Peter said about having a collective goal. From the outset we set out our goals for the assignments as a team, this enabled us all to be on the same page and working towards a common goal.


Because of this past experience with a successful team, I was not feeling to anxious about the team formations yesterday. However, the main reason I think that made me feel relaxed about the whole process, was the knowledge that we were going to be put into groups with the same collective goals. This put me at ease, because I knew I would be comfortable with the goals we set as a team, and I wouldn’t feel like the group work was to much of a workload.


In summary, I feel as though what Peter spoke about on Tuesday about forming groups based on goal orientation was what really stuck in my mind the most this week. This is because I knew from past experience that a group with the same collective goal has a higher chance of being successful, than one that does not. 


  1. Hi Matthew,

    Your journal highlights your personal experiences (past and present) well, i.e. your INTBUS307 course and the way you explained that you had a united goal merged the idea that is presented in the reading of a "common goal". Although this is a personal reflection of your week, I also feel like you could have injected more content/theory in to your writing, with appropriate referencing. For example, the idea of how grouping the weaker and stronger students together creates a more effective team. Does having a collective goal necessarily mean you will be an effective team if you are all strong students or all weak students? Some in-depth analysis of your thoughts would have made for a more insightful read. You have briefly used Daudelin's four stages of reflection which I see has created a sufficient flow to your writing. However, investing more time in to linking each stage of reflection with theories from this weeks readings along with relevant examples could have boosted your readings insight. Nonetheless, you have proved that you are actively listening and trying your best to link what is being learned in class with what you are experiencing. Good work - all the best for the rest!

  2. Matthew,

    Your reflection was clear and relevant to what our class was discussing last week in Mgmt300. 

    However, I feel like you could have changed directions to reflect on what happens if the team you're grouped in this semester isn't the same as every other team you have been in? It sounds like you have worked well in teams before, which is great, but does that mean it's going to be like that always? Maybe you could analyse why you have worked so well in teams in previous papers and identify why you're unique to a group in terms of trying to achieve the teams ultimate goal or simply what you bring to a team in order to be successful. (smile)