small group communication (brainstorming before decision making ( new…
small group communication
brainstorming before decision making
new combinations of ideas presented are encourage
quantity of ideas, not quality, is the goal
Wild and crazy ideas are encouraged
evaluation of ideas is forbidden
decision making in groups
When we make decisions in groups, we face some challenges that we do not face in our personal decision making, but we also stand to benefit from some advantages of group decision making
small group communication refers to interactions among three or more people who connected through a common purpose, mutual, influence, and shared identity.
small groups usually focus on some sort of task completion or goal accomplishment, different groups have different purpose.
types of small groups
they are formed to solve a problem, promote a cause or generate ideas and information
ex: committee, study group
relational- oriented groups
they are formed to promote interpersonal connections and are more focused on quality interactions that contribute to the well being of group member.
advantage and disadvantages of small groups
small groups include shared decision making, shared resources, synergy, and exposure to diversity
Groups also help in making decisions involving judgment calls that have ethical implications or the potential to negatively affect people
Group members also help expand our social networks, which provide access to more resources.
it refers to the potential for gains in performance or heightened quality of interactions when complementary members or member characteristics are added to existing ones.
group cohesion and climate
the cohesion within a group helps establish and overall group climate
group climate refers to the relatively enduring tone and quality of group interaction that is experienced similarly by group members.
task cohesion refers to the commitment of group members to the purpose and activities of the group.
Social cohesion refers to the attraction and liking among group members.
problem solving and decision making in groups
steps to group problem-solving
Implement and assess the solution: Implementing the solution requires some advanced planning, and it should not be rushed unless the group is operating under strict time restraints or delay may lead to some kind of harm.
evaluate solutions: solutions can be critically evaluated based on their credibility, completeness, and worth.
generate possible solutions: group members generate possible solutions to the problem. Solutions should not be evaluated at this point, only proposed and clarified
analyze the problem:At this stage, group members can discuss the potential causes of the difficulty.
define the problem: group members share what they know about the current situation, without proposing solutions or evaluating the information
group problem solving
some common problems include budgeting funds, raising funds, planning events, addressing customer or citizen complaints, creating or adapting products or services to fit needs, supporting members, and raising awareness about issues or causes.
the process involves thoughts, discussions, actions, and decisions that occur from the first consideration of a problematic situation to the goal.