Group Theory Annotated Bibliography

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Group Theory: AnnotatedBibliography

Group Theory: AnnotatedBibliography

Morrell, M., &amp Capparell, S.(2002). Shackleton`s way: Leadership lessons from the great Antarcticexplorer. New York, N.Y: Penguin.

In Chapter 2, “Hiring anOutstanding Crew,” the authors assert the importance of conductingunique interviews to find employees with exceptional talents thatwill propel the company to greater heights. During the hiringprocess, select employees who share the company’s vision, andcomplement the management leadership style to avoid work conflicts.The authors affirm the importance of hiring workers with enthusiasmand those willing to work on any job. The author’s advice employersto hire employees with skills, expertise and talent lacking in theircurrent staff. This measure helps the company to create a positivereputation and stay ahead of their competitors. Employers shouldensure that employees have the best equipment the company can afford,to facilitate quality production.

Morell and Caparell offer adviceto employers seeking to hire exceptional staff. The chapter offersthe reader with a practical approach to hiring productive staff. Theauthors describe measure and precautions which employers can take toensure they hire a dynamic crew. The chapter offers a practicalapproach to the process of hiring new employees. The authors areaware of the challenges facing the Human Resource in many companieswhen hiring staff that shares the vision of the company. The chapteris written in simple language that is easily comprehendible by bothstudents and professionals. The Chapter is very resourceful tostudents and company human resource managers as it sheds light on theimportance of looking out for skills and talent when hiring, contraryto the traditional practice of theoretical qualification.

Napier, R., &amp Gershenfeld, M.K. (2004). Groups: Theory and experience. Boston: Houghton MifflinCompany.

Membership is a vital componentof a group. Napier and Gershenfeld explore the importance ofmembership in group functions and dynamics. The authors indicate thatmembership is a vital element of grouping. Groups cannot existwithout members. Members create and shape the vision and objectiveson the group. Group members are individual people with uniquecharacters and ambitions that combine together to form a group.Therefore, precautions should be taken to ensure that members do notcontribute to the disintegration of the group, but work in harmony toadvance its objectives.Negative roles of members within a groupaffect its overall success, illustrating why some groups succeedwhile other fail. Negative behavior manifested by a group member mayaffect others members leading to group failure or success. Theauthors assert that the roles played by group members affect thecompletion of responsibilities and realization of group goals. Itis therefore important that each group member play roles thatcontribute to the success of the group. The authors effectively combinesubjective, academic and real life experiences in a single chapter toadvance the theme of groupings and importance of group membership.The information in the text is presented in a professional manner.Although the idea presented in the chapter is not new, it ispresented in a powerful manner and supported with real lifeexperiences. I recommend this book to students and professionsseeking to form working groups. The information is presented in asystematic manner and the authors use simple language that enhancescomprehension of ideas. The use of real life experiences makes iteasier for readers to connect with the theme of the chapter.

Napier, R., &amp Gershenfeld, M.K. (2004). Groups: Theory and experience. Boston: Houghton MifflinCompany

Chapter 3, “Norms, GroupPressures, and Deviancy” explores contemporary methods of ensuringgroups work effectively. The authors highlight the importance ofsetting group norms to control deviancy among members. Group pressureis inevitable when working with groups which shape the membersattitude and performance in group activities. Individual behavior ofmembers plays a key role in determining the overall result of thegroup members. Napier and Gershenfeld illustrate the role of groupmembers in ensuring positive results are achieved. Deviancy is theviolation of the set group norms and it often arises from pressures.Norms help in governing members to focus on achieving group vision.The authors detail the importance of norms and how leaders cancontrol deviant behavior in group.

The authors present an intricateconcept in a simple manner. The authors use bullet points that makeit easy for readers to grasp the key point and move onto the next.The authors build on the knowledge of students on individual dynamicto advance the group theory. In addition, provision of real life casestudies makes it easy for readers to understand the concepts andapply them in real life situations. The use of stories and narrationenhance the comprehension of the chapter. The chapter is resourcefulin team work and leadership ideas, hence suitable for groupfacilitators.

References

Morrell, M., &amp Capparell, S.(2002). Shackleton`s way: Leadership lessons from the great Antarcticexplorer. New York, N.Y: Penguin.

Napier, R., &amp Gershenfeld, M.K. (2004). Groups: Theory and experience. Boston: Houghton MifflinCompany.