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Designing Effective Work Groups by Paul S. Goodman

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Reexamining Our Thoughts Concerning Groups in Organizations

L. L. Cummings

In reviewing the chapters in this book, I think I see two sets of themes. One I would label content themes and the other style themes.

Content Themes

I think there was considerable struggling—sometimes creatively, sometimes doggedly—with domain issues, and that struggle was reflected through almost the entirety of the first two-thirds of the chapters. And while I agree with Jim Davis that that is aggravating, I think it is necessary. The issues of construct definition and validation, I think, were central on our minds from the beginning. As I listened to Guzzo's presentation ...

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