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Group processes in organizations.

Braun, S. and Frey, D. and Brodbeck, F.C. and Hentschel, T. (2015) 'Group processes in organizations.', in International encyclopedia of the social & behavioural sciences. Oxford, England: Elsevier, pp. 408-415.


The article refers to group processes as they influence organizational functioning. The main features of groups (e.g., norms, cohesion, roles), and factors contributing to their performance are characterized. We detail well-established concepts like groupthink and social identity theory. Further, we refer to important current topics in organizational practice and research related to group functioning, like team mental models, diversity in groups, and counterproductive work behavior. Finally, hints at the practical relevance in terms of the implementation of these concepts in organizational contexts are provided (e.g., organizational change, leadership in multinational corporations, and shared leadership).

Item Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Change, Cohesion, Counterproductive work behavior, Creativity, Diversity, Group performance, Groupthink, In-group and out-group, Innovation, Intercultural, Norms, Organizational groups, Shared leadership, Social identity theory, Team mental models.
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo
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Status:Not peer-reviewed
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Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:05 October 2015
Date of first online publication:April 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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