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Facilitating Dysfunctional Teams

Facilitating Dysfunctional Teams
How might an instructor reduce the likelihood of dysfunctional teams? How might team members reduce the likelihood of dysfunctional teams? What is a dysfunctional team?
How might an instructor recognize a dysfunctional team? What examples of dysfunctional behavior can lead to the destruction of a team? How might an instructor facilitate a dysfunctional team?

Example 3: Jim Morgan, Texas A&M University
often teaches first-year engineering courses in section sizes of one hundred. He uses the following steps for facilitating a dysfunctional team:

  • Set up a team meeting. Do not discuss the problem with individual members of the team.
  • Ask the team to bring their (individual and team) goals and code of cooperation to the meeting.
  • Review the two documents with the team and ask questions until the students start to engage each other in a discussion.
  • Sit back to watch the team resolve the conflict(s).

A common scenario:

First student:Everyone knows we are all here to get an A!
Second student:All I want to do is to survive and have a good time.
Faculty member:How hard would you be working if it were not for the team?”
Both students: “Oh . . . .



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