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Designing Effective Work Groups by Paul S. Goodman

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Current Thinking About Groups: Setting the Stage for New Ideas

Paul S. Goodman

Elizabeth C. Ravlin

Linda Argote

A brief review of the literature on groups in organizations should prepare you for what follows in this book. This chapter will provide a brief status report of what we know and do not know, focusing on where we are now while the other chapters focus on new perspectives for thinking about groups in organizations.

Our review is selective and thematic. For example, we review models of group performance. Our intention is not to enumerate all possible models of group performance and the corollary empirical evidence related to these models. ...

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