Leadership class

Research paper 

Write a research paper that analyzes methods used to appropriately manage teams and groups within organizations. In your research paper, be sure to include the following elements:

  • Distinguish between a group and a team.
  • Distinguish between Teamthink and Groupthink ( in the Manz & Neck article), and identify benefits and drawbacks.
  • Discuss the process of evolving a group into a team and the importance of organizational culture in that process.
  • Discuss leadership styles that are effective for successful management of multicultural groups and teams.
  • Include a discussion on any aspect of leadership covered in the course that was of particular interest to you. All topics do not need to be included, but followership, ethics, leadership styles, multicultural leadership are all topics that have been studied, and any one (or more) that you found particularly interesting could be incorporated into the discussion.

Utilize the CSU Online Library to locate five sources to use as references that support your research paper. Your research paper should be four to six pages in length.

Be sure to include the rubric elements from the guidelines below:

  • Your introduction should engage the reader and clearly present the thesis and a summary of the main points to clarify your point of view.
  • The review of the literature should present a critical analysis and synthesis of the existing research.
  • The discussion should reveal insightful analysis of research.
  • A summary should be present that reviews or summarizes key points and provides a smooth transition between sections.
  • The writing should be clear and concise with proper sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, and it should be free from spelling errors.
  • The number of academically credible sources should meet the requirements and should be properly cited, per APA standards.

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BBA 3651, Leadership 1

Course Learning Outcomes for Unit VII

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

5. Articulate globalization and the resulting cultural implications of leadership, including unique
considerations for leading multicultural teams.
5.1 Evaluate leadership styles that are effective for managing groups and teams, including unique

considerations for leading multicultural teams.

7. Analyze methods used to appropriately manage groups and teams.
7.1 Discuss the process of evolving a group into a team and the importance of organizational

culture in that process.
7.2 Describe the benefits and drawbacks of having groups or teams in terms of groupthink vs.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Activity


Unit Lesson
Article: “Stages of Small-Group Development Revisited”
Article: “Toward a Better Understanding of the Relationships Among

Received Wisdom, Groupthink, and Organizational Ethical

Unit VII Research Paper


Unit Lesson
Article: “Stages of Small-Group Development Revisited”
Article: “Toward a Better Understanding of the Relationships Among
Received Wisdom, Groupthink, and Organizational Ethical
Unit VII Research Paper


Unit Lesson
Article: “Teamthink: Beyond the Groupthink Syndrome in Self-Managing

Work Teams”
Article: “Toward a Better Understanding of the Relationships Among

Received Wisdom, Groupthink, and Organizational Ethical
Unit VII Research Paper

Unit Lesson

The content for this unit is presented through the below interactive presentations as well as videos. You
will see text and hear audio. You may refer back to these lessons and videos as needed.

Please note: Be sure to maximize your Internet browser so that you can view each individual lesson on a
full screen, ensuring that all content is made visible.

Click here to access the Unit VII Interactive Lesson Presentation. Click here for a PDF of this lesson.

Click here for a transcript of the Introduction Video.
Click here for a transcript of the Unit VII Alumni Video 1.


Groups, Teams, and
Organizational Culture





BBA 3651, Leadership 2



Reading Assignment

In order to access the resources below, you must first log into the myCSU Student Portal and access the CSU
Online Library.

Locate the following articles in the CSU Online Library under the ABI/INFORM Collection database and
access the full-text PDF:

In this article significant attention has been devoted to the actual benefits derived from self-managing teams
(SMT). One important challenge to SMT success—the threats that groups face when making decisions—is
examined. Locate and read the following article:

Manz, C. C., & Neck, C. P. (1995). Teamthink: Beyond the groupthink syndrome in self-managing work

teams. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 10(1), 7. Retrieved from

Please note that the above article appears in two different journals in two different years. Please make sure to
locate the article in the journal and year listed in the provided reference.

The authors of this article explain the following: (a) describes our perspective on ‘received wisdom’ and
‘groupthink’ and how these phenomena affect organizational ethical culture, (b) provides numerous examples
of the negative effects of ‘unwise’ received wisdom and groupthink on poor ethical decisions and actions
taken by organizations in recent history, (c) discusses their concept of ethical organizational cultures based
on character, and (d) outlines intentional steps organizational leaders can take to see that received wisdom
leads to an ethical organizational culture based on character. Locate and read pages 75-87 (pages 1-13 in
the PDF) of the following article:

Sims, R. R., & Sauser, W. I. (2013). Toward a better understanding of the relationships among received

wisdom, groupthink, and organizational ethical culture. Journal of Management Policy and Practice,
14(4), 75-90. Retrieved from https://libraryresources.columbiasouthern.edu/login?url=https://search-

The purpose of this article was to examine published research on small-group development done in the last
10 years that would constitute an empirical test of Tuckman’s (1965) hypothesis that groups go through the
stages of “forming,” “storming,” “norming,” and “performing.” Locate and read pages 419– 426 (pages 1– 6 in
the PDF) of the following article from the CSU Online Library:

Tuckman, B. W., & Jensen, M. A. (2010). Stages of small-group development revisited. Group Facilitation: A

Research & Applications Journal, 10, 43-48. Retrieved from

Suggested Reading

The following is an additional outside resource that elaborate on the topic of groups and teams:

By combining research material found in management, psychology and health services research the article
explores the increasing importance of teamwork, reviews the current knowledge base on how to build
a team and focuses on some of the barriers to effective team performance.

Ezziane, Z., Maruthappu, M., Gawn, L., Thompson, E. A., Athanasiou, T., & Warren, O. J. (2012). Building

effective clinical teams in healthcare. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 26(4), 428-
436. Retrieved from https://libraryresources.columbiasouthern.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-









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