Whether one wishes to understand or improve human behaviour, it is necessary to know a great deal about the nature of groups (Cartwright & Zander 1968).
Most research is done on potentially positive aspects of group formation and subsequent performance or productivity there can be negative aspects of being part of a group for example: a) self-deception or a ‘them v us’ mentality, b)groupthink where individuals within the group suspend critical thinking and use over reliance of their own group’s opinions and traditions or c) an individual’s loss of identity.
So in essence a group of individuals is not necessarily a team. To turn a group into a team they must have common goals, they must interact with the others to gain shared objectives. However, a team is an evolutionary process, who must constantly develop, they will need to monitor and change their objectives to stay competitive and they will need to respond to both internal and external factors.
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