This book has two purposes. First, it is fundamentally about groups at work, both as they attempt to accomplish their goals and as they operate in organizational settings. Second, it draws together group researchers from social psychological and organizational studies. Each chapter focuses on a central issue regarding groups as they work and examines that issue by drawing from both social psychological and organizational research. Thus, this book centers on the convergence and divergence of these two fields.
"One strength of this book is that the vast majority of the chapters provides significant contributions to theory on intragroup processes and the interplay among individuals, groups, and the social context in organizations. On the whole, the chapters are well written and most serve as very effective reviews of their specific content domain….Overall, Groups at Work contains a large number of chapters that provide interesting and valuable perspectives on group theory and research."
"Groups at Work: Theory and Research is a marvelous sourcebook for anyone interested in understanding current theoretical and empirical knowledge of the interrelationships between groups and organizations…chapters include a clear review of the literature, well-articulated conceptual models, and often, empirical evidence illustrating core concepts…For instructors of group work or organizational theory classes, the book represents a good option for presenting state-of-the-art in source material."
—Social Work With Groups
"…the book contains numerous well-written, well-argued, and well-documented chapters on the performance of work teams. Many chapters contain new ideas, new data, or extensions beyond work published elsewhere…"
—Administrative Science Quarterly
"This is a book that must be read by all of us interested in understanding groups and teams at work. This book is well organized and the authors have done a great job in presenting their ideas…This volume brings us a step closer in having a comprehensive understanding of how groups and teams work in industrial, government, or military organizations…This volume is a step closer because it brings together diverse theories, ideas, and research from varied disciplines for disparate applications."
—Contemporary Psychology, APA REVIEW OF BOOKS
Contents: Introduction. Part I: Theoretical Perspectives. S.R. Fuller, R.J. Aldag, The GGPS Model: Broadening the Perspective on Group Problem Solving. J.C. Turner, S.A. Haslam, Social Identity, Organizations, and Leadership. Part II: Social and Motivational Processes. R.L. Moreland, J.M. Levine, Socialization in Organizations and Work Groups. S.J. Karau, K.D. Williams, Understanding Individual Motivation in Groups: The Collective Effort Model. R. Cropanzano, M. Schminke, Using Social Justice to Build Effective Work Groups. R.M. Kramer, B.A Hanna, S. Su, J. Wei, Collective Identity, Collective Trust, and Social Capital: Linking Group Identification and Group Cooperation. R. Wageman, The Meaning of Interdependence. Part III: Conflict and Power in Groups. L. Thompson, C.R. Fox, Negotiation Within and Between Groups in Organizations: Levels of Analysis. E. Van de Vliert, O. Janssen, Description, Explanation, and Prescription of Intragroup Conflict Behaviors. D.A. Owens, R.I. Sutton, Status Contests in Meetings: Negotiating the Informal Order. Part IV: Innovation and Learning. P.B. Paulus, T.S. Larey, M.T. Dzindolet, Creativity in Groups and Teams. K.M. Eisenhardt, C.B. Schoonhoven, K. Lyman, Effects of Top Management Teams on the Organization of Innovation Through Alternative Types of Strategic Alliances. L. Argote, D. Gruenfeld, C. Naquin, Group Learning in Organizations. Part V: Liabilities for Groups. J.F. Dovidio, S.L. Gaertner, B.A. Bachman, Racial Bias in Organizations: The Role of Group Processes in Its Causes and Cures. M.E. Turner, T. Horvitz, The Dilemma of Threat: Group Effectiveness and Ineffectiveness Under Adversity. A.P. Brief, R.T. Buttram, J.M. Dukerich, Collective Corruption in the Corporate World: Toward a Process Model. E.A. Locke, D. Tirnauer, Q. Roberson, B. Goldman, M.E. Latham, E. Weldon, The Importance of the Individual in an Age of Groupism.