MGT 125 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Brainstorming, Job Enrichment, Social Loafing

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Effective team plans are (smarter: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, ethical, rewarded. Developing plans for teams requires group decision making. Formal meetings include: an agenda, a leader called a chair and a note taker (sometimes called a secretary) who records the meeting and writes the minutes. What is brain writing? is an idea-generating method that involves everyone in a group activity. While brainstorming encourages a group to generate creative ideas verbally where, without censorship, only the most vocal people tend to participate. Advantages: offers more structured alternative, participants don"t feel as shy about contributing ideas. Ideas from one participant trigger related ideas from the next participant. Disadvantages: requires index cards/paper/pencils, takes time to write down ideas. Command groups: these are basic, traditional work groups determined by formal authority relationships and depicted on the organisational chart, they typically include a manager and those subordinated who report directly to the manager.

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