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Group Research Project
Introduction
In your first assignment, you analyzed and wrote about the trends you observed within
the High Performing Work Teams (HPWT) survey. You also discussed what you and
your colleagues would learn from taking such a survey.
Some of what you learned by working through the assignment was that the survey and
the grouping of the questions provide a good model for the elements required to
facilitate team efficiency and effectiveness.





The mission provides a statement of the team’s purpose which provides the
motivation and direction for team members.
The goals are the results the team needs to achieve within specified time frames.
Team members perform more efficiently and productively when the goals are
easily understood.
In addition to goals, role clarification helps team members understand what is
expected of each person in order for the team to achieve its goals. By discussing
roles the team ensures that all the responsibilities for achieving the team’s goals
are covered and being performed.
HPWTs also decide early on the “rules of engagement,” or how they are going to
work together. They determine things like how and when they are going to
communicate; the frequency of meetings; how disagreements and conflict will be
handled; and how to handle social loafing, when team members don’t do their fair
share of the work.
Respect, honesty, and trust among team members are hallmarks of effective
teams and how they work together. People are different – they have different
experiences and different values – so team members need to commit to work
with each other despite their differences. The level of respect, honesty, and trust
the team develops allows the team to work through conflicts that may occur and
successfully achieve the team’s goals.
By paying attention to what you have learned from your analysis of the high performing
work teams, in conjunction with the stages of team development, you and your team will
be able to establish the roles, rules, and norms of how you will work together early on in
your team’s development.
Your Task
For this assignment you will be placed in a team. This will be your team for this
assignment and for the Group Consulting Project you’ll complete later in the term.
Deliverables: There are two deliverables for this assignment: a team charter and an
individual reflection paper.
Team Charter: Working together with your team, you will research elements and
formats for an effective team charter. Please use a minimum of five appropriate
sources about team charters. Appropriate sources are scholarly or practitioner
journals and academic books published within the last ten years. Your team will
use the results of your research to create a team charter that will guide how you
will work together. Your team charter should include, but is not limited to, the
following elements:




A team mission and vision – an initial team vision that summarizes what
the team needs to accomplish and describes how it will interact in order to
accomplish its mission. Include any other thoughts to help the team form
and focus.
A communications plan – agree on how you will communicate, parameters
for communication (e.g., no phone calls after 9:00 p.m. EST); how
frequently you’ll check in with each other; how your interactions will be
documented (meeting agendas, minutes of meetings), etc.
A work division plan – agree on how you will divide work, who will take on
what role (will you have a team leader or coordinator or will leadership
rotate?), expectations about quality and quantity of work.
A conflict management plan – discuss areas of potential conflict for the
team; explain how the team will deal with conflict and resolve
disagreements.
Individual Reflection Paper: After your group has completed your team
charter, each person in your group will then write a 2-3 page reflection
paper (not counting cover and reference pages) discussing: (a) what you
learned from working on developing the team charter; (b) your thoughts on
how the process worked within your group; and (c) the advantages and
disadvantages of using this process to create team charters. The paper
should cite the sources your team used to develop the charter and any
additional sources you used to write your individual paper. Use APA style
for all citations, quotations, and references. Your paper should be double
spaced, with one inch margins and a font size of 11 points or larger.

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