Teamwork, Socialisation and Group Decision-Making

Explore what makes an effective team through inspection of key theories and research surrounding their formation and continuity.

Teamwork, Socialisation and Group Decision-Making

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 10 hours

Discover what effective teams and groups look like

Teams and groups combined with individuals and organisations are part of a multi-level system contributing to overall organisational success.

This course looks at the formation of teams/groups and their characteristics with a particular focus on organisational theory and research.

You’ll explore the underlying principles of effective teamwork, socialisation and group decision making. The link between teams/groups and motivation and engagement will also be examined, providing potential solutions to overcome notable issues such as social loafing and groupthink.

What topics will you cover?

  • Differences between groups and teams
  • Forming groups and teams in an organisation
  • Characteristics of teams and members
  • Group and team socialisation
  • Group roles
  • Group decision making
  • Links between motivation and engagement

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the differences between groups and teams
  • Explore theory and research surrounding team/group formation and development
  • Describe a range of member characteristics and explain how these may be combined to form effective teams/groups
  • Discuss the process of group and team socialisation with a focus on newcomers
  • Evaluate group decision-making processes in the workplace
  • Assess the link between teams and groups, and motivation and engagement theory, with reference to key concepts such as social loafing and groupthink

Who is the course for?

This course is for those wishing to explore the differences between groups and teams, and the theory and research surrounding groups and teams.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Sophie Ward

Sophie Ward

Lecturer in Occupational & Business Psychology
at Coventry University
Doctoral Researcher & Qualified Test User: Occupational, Ability, Personality

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.