OMG 535: Group Dynamics & Leadership I


51955 (for web registration)




Peter Smith






Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Saturdays 1/26 - 1/28 (8:30AM-5:29PM)


Competency Area: Collaboration & Group Dynamics
Required of and restricted to Spring 2008 entering O&M MS and MEd students until January 14; other students may request written permission from Administrative Director after January 15. This authorization is to be provided to the Registrar146s Office via FirstClass.

This course is designed specifically for first semester MS and MEd students and focuses on group dynamics and leadership in work teams. The course introduces students to elements of group dynamics and to a model that matches leadership styles to stages of group development. Students work in teams throughout the course and use course concepts to analyze their experience. Skills emphasized will be useful for both group leaders and members and include: observing group dynamics and providing feedback, diagnosing stage of group development, matching leadership style to stage of development, working effectively with diversity, facilitating collaborative decision-making, and managing conflict. Students are expected to read The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams, by Blanchard, Carew, and Parisi-Carew. Students may do additional readings and discussions, field or research projects, or case study analysis on-line.