This module explores the challenges of leading and participating in teams and project groups. It emphasizes the role of leadership in composing teams, motivating members, and creating an environment in which teams and their members grow in capacity over time. This module uses cases, structured group experiences, and group projects to help students build both knowledge of team dynamics and the skills to shape them.
Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:
conceptualize team effectiveness (i.e., satisfying clients, improving as a performing unit, satisfying the needs of members)
diagnose productive group processes (i.e., effort, strategy, use of knowledge, talents and skills)
understand the conditions that promote team effectiveness (i.e., real teams, compelling direction, enabling structure, supportive context, effective coaching)
understand the role of timing in putting these conditions in place (i.e., what to do before the team begins work, at launch, at the midpoint, at endings)
Group Project 30% (practical, not written); written team reports on project work 30%; peer evaluations 10%; individual essay 10%; class participation 20%
Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.
Students will be provided with a number of articles and case studies as part of the core course reading material.