Week 1: Science & Practice of Group Dynamics
ALL: Forsyth, Chs. 1, 2, & 16
Preface & Intro from:
J. R. Hackman (Ed.) (1990). Groups that work (and those that don't): Creating conditions for effective teamwork. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Week 2: Individual, Member, and Group [Ind response #1]
ALL: Forsyth, Chs. 3 & 4
Hackman, PART TWO (87-153)
Week 3: Structure and Leadership [Ind response #2, Group essay A]
ALL: Forsyth, Chs. 5 & 12
Hackman, PART ONE (15-86)
Week 4: Cohesion, Development, Influence [Ind response #3]
ALL: Forsyth, Chs. 6 & 7
Hackman, Ch. 18
Note: grad students should be reading Whiteout by now
Week 5: Decision-Making & Information Processing [Ind resp #4, Group
ALL: Forsyth, Ch. 11
Hackman, Ch. 19 or 20
Packet A: Gruenfeld, D. H, Mannix, E. A., Williams, K. Y., & Neale, M. A. (1996).
Group composition and decision making: How member familiarity and
information distribution affect process and performance. Organizational
Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 67, 1-15.
Packet B: Weisband, S. P. (1992). Group discussion and first advocacy effects in
computer-mediated and face-to-face decision making groups. Organizational
Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 53, 352-380.
Week 6: Power & Conflict [Research reports due this week]
ALL: Forsyth, Chs. 8 & 9
Hackman, Ch. 10
Week 7: Group Performance [Ind response #5, Group essay C]
ALL: Forsyth, Ch. 10
Hackman, PART FOUR, intro & summary
Divide up case studies: Each member should read at least one of the cases in PART FOUR
NOTE: : This would be a good time to get started readingWhiteout. Make notes on
aspects of group dynamics that catch your attention.
Week 8: Group Culture [Ind response #6, Group essay D]
ALL: Hackman, PART SIX intro and summary.
Divide up case studies: Each member should read at least one of the cases in PART SIX
Packet A: Armstrong, D. J., & Cole, P. (1996). Managing distances and differences in
geographically distributed work groups. In S. E. Jackson & M. N. Ruderman
(Eds.). Diversity in work teams: Research paradigms for a
workplace (pp. 187-215). Washington, DC: American Psychological
Packet B: Bettenhausen, K. L., & Murnighan, J. K. (1985). The emergence of norms in
competitive decision-making groups. Administrative Science Quarterly, 30,
Week 9: Intergroup Relations [Ind response #7, Group essay E]
ALL: Forsyth, Ch. 13
Hackman, Part SEVEN intro and summary
Divide up cases: Each group member should read Ch. 25 or 26 in PART SEVEN
Packet A: Rothbart, M., Davis-Stitt, C., & Hill, J. (1997). Effects of arbitrarily based
category boundaries on similarity judgments. Journal of Experimental Social
Psychology, 33, 122-145.
Packet B: Insko, C. A., Schopler, J., Graetz, K. A., Drigotas, S. M., Currey, D. P., Smith,
S. L., Brazil, D., & Bornstein, G. (1994). Interindividual-intergroup
discontinuity in the prisoner's dilemma game. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 38,
Week 10: [first draft of take-home final for peer editing]
ALL: Forsyth, Ch. 14
Hackman, Conclusion (pp. 479-504)
FinishWhiteout, by Sage Walker
Paper due by 11 a.m. Wed, March 17. Please hand in to me at my office that morning or give to the main psychology office at 131 Straub (open 8-12, 1-5) to be put in my mailbox. Late papers will have a 5-point penalty. No papers accepted after noon Thurs. March 18..