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Lecture 37

SOCIOL 41 Lecture Notes - Lecture 37: Arthur Schuster


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCIOL 41
Professor
Schuster
Lecture
37

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Sociology Department
Sociology 41
Small Group Dynamics
Professor Schuster
Course Code: 69150
Discussion Course Code: 69151
4 Units
No Prerequsites
Location: SSPA 1100
Notes
Beginning of Lecture:
Primary Elements of a System
Interconnectedness of parts
Ripple effects
Synergy
When group performance from joint action of members exceeds
expectations based on perceived abilities and skills of individual members
When group members work in cooperative, interconnected ways
Negative synergy
When group members working together produce a worse result than
expected based on perceived abilities and skills of individual members
The whole is worse than the sum of its parts
Adaptability to Change
Openness and change
Boundary control
Influence of Size
As groups increase in numerical size, complexity increases
Quantitative significance
Qualitative significance
Methods of Boundary Control
Physical barriers
Psychological barriers
Linguistic barriers
Rules
Roles
Networks
Group Size
Number in group - interactions possible
2-2
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