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Individual vs. Group Behavior

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Huong Nguyen

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Transcript of Individual vs. Group Behavior

Individual vs. Group Behavior
Group Behavior
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Types of groups
Why do people join group?

Huong Nguyen (Grace) & Phuong Bui (Phebe)
September 23, 2013

Group Behavior
Individual Behavior
Advantages & Disadvantages
Two or more individuals, interacting and interdependent, who have come together to achieve particular objectives
A combination of responses to external and internal stimuli
Influenced Factors
- Genetic/Inherited
- Learn characteristics
+ Physical characteristics: height, eye color, hair color, skin, etc.
+ Religion
+ Race
+ Social Group
Types of Groups
1. Formal groups
2. Informal groups
Formal Group
A designated work group defined by organization's structure.
Command Group
A group composed of the individuals who report directly to a given manager.
Task Group
Those working together to complete a job or task.
A group that is neither formally structured nor organizationally determined; appears in response to the need for social contact.
Interest Group
Those working together to attain a specific objective with which each is concerned.
Friendship Group
Those brought together because they share one or more common characteristics.
Why do people join groups?
- Survival and Security:
Ex: hunting, defense
- Affiliation and Status: membership into various of groups can provide individuals with certain social status or security.
- Power and control: opportunities for leadership roles
- Achievement: groups have the capability to achieve more than individuals acting alone.
- Interdependence
- Social interaction: verbal or nonverbal communication
- Perception of a group: All members must agree they are parts of a group
- Commonality of purpose: Serve or attain a common goal

Pros and Cons
- More complete information
- Increased diversity of views
- Increase productivity and quality
- Responsibility is shared
- Advices from members
- Free riders
- Group think
- Herding effect
- Inflexible timing
Individual Behavior
"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image"

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Can you think of any Pros and Cons of Group/Individual work?
Group Behavior
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