1st Edition

The Social Psychology of Behaviour in Small Groups

By Donald C. Pennington Copyright 2002

    The Social Psychology of Behaviour in Small Groups covers theories of group behaviour and their application in organizational psychology. Topics include the structure and formation of groups and the roles that individuals play within groups, as well as more applied areas such as co-operation and conflict, teamwork, leadership and decision-making in small groups.
    Throughout the book theory, research and concepts are applied to real-life and everyday social behaviour. The book is well illustrated and includes many mental exercises to engage the reader. Donald Pennington has provided a lively, accessible and systematic text suitable for undergraduates studying social psychology and those studying organizational psychology on psychology and business studies courses.

    1. Introduction to the Social Psychology of Behaviour in Small Groups 2. Measuring Behaviour in Small Groups 3. Individuals and Groups 4. Group Development and Group Structure 5. Co-operation, Conflict and Social Influence Within Small Groups 6. Leadership 7. Individual and Group Decision-making


    Professor Donald Pennington is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University. His areas of interest include social psychology, health psychology and personality. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the author of several textbooks in social psychology.

    A very welcome addition to the literature on small groups. It lives up to the goal of not requiring prior knowledge of the subject ... The style is lively, and there are frequent suggestions for short mental exercises that encourage active learning, keep the reader alert and encourage relating the text to one's own experience. - Herb Blumberg, Goldsmiths College, University of London

    An extremely well balanced and readable book, and it manages to achieve this without the sacrifice of breath of coverage or detail ... It attempts to evoke thought and activity on the part of the reader ... I am sure that its accessibility will make it extremely popular with undergraduate students. I shall certainly be recommending it to my students. - Phil Erwin, Edge Hill College, Lancashire