Nova Southeastern University
Wayne Huizenga Graduate School
of Business & Entrepreneurship
Assignment for Course: MGT 5105 Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic/Complex World
Submitted to: Dr. Roslyn Vargas
Submitted by: Hannel Pina
12680 SW 54th Court Miramar, FL 33027
Date of Submission: 10/18/2015
Title of Assignment: Individual Reflection on Group Consulting Experience
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A team is defined in our textbook as a mature group that shares a common purpose, responsibility and accountability for achieving performance goals (Ivancevich, Konopaske, and Matteson 2015). My group is what I consider a hybrid team; a virtual, self-managed team. This is my first team experience at Nova and by far the best team experience I’ve had in a scholarly environment.
Studies indicate that over 80% of organizations hire several forms of workplace teams; the ability to collaborate and successfully participate in teamwork is considered a critical skill in practically all organizations (Hansen, 2006). Institutions of Higher Education have answered the call of employers and have integrated group work into their curriculums. Teamwork is a key component of most MBA curriculums nowadays. "We know that simulates what they're going to be doing in the work environment," says Karen Russo Donovan, the associate dean for academic affairs at WVU's College of Business and Economics (Smith-Barrow, 2013). Much like in the corporate world, teamwork on the educational level involves the gathering of different and creative minds to accomplish an organizational goal. Additionally, it allows the students to deal with a variety of personalities, lifestyles and circumstances, which could potentially nurture their future management skills. The different variables allow students to learn about conflict resolution and achieve professional and personal development.
Educational teamwork is no longer restricted to one building or classroom; in today’s digitally driven world technology empowers us to reach, collaborate with and form relationships with others from a distance. This course is a great example of all these attributes; engaging in teamwork online in order to carry out our research project based on a chosen organization and properly execute each element of this consulting project, within the deadlines indicated in the syllabus. All this was accomplished without ever meeting face-to-face; communicating only through group texts and online chats. First impressions were established through a list of professional attributes, written tone and initial initiative to accomplish the assignments. Luckily, the group members all put their best foot forward from the start and we were able to virtually set a successful group dynamic.
Evolution of the Team Over Time
My group consisted of 6 members; Karli McDonald, Monica Cozar-Torres, Liliana Rodriguez, me, Leslie Cleaver and Esmeralda Adderley. An all-female group composed of six very driven, busy, resourceful and diligent women. It was the perfect dose and combination of all those characteristics, which created a hard-working team that was open to all the ideas, respected those ideas while embracing the diverse characteristics and skills that each member had to offer.
Our team evolved just as explained in the five-stage model of team development: forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning as noted in...