What are the similarities and differences of a formal and an informal work group?

Formal and an informal work group

There are many different types of groups that can exist in an organization and these will often vary depending on the size and type of organization.  Using your company, or one you are familiar with discuss the following questions:

This DB has three parts:

  1. What are the similarities and differences of a formal and an informal work group?
  2. What role does diversity play in a group?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a highly diverse group on a project?
  3. What role does organizational culture play in the level of success in a work group?

DISCUSSION QUESTION 2 (SHORT ANSWERS ONLY)

 

Assignment Details 
This assignment has two parts.

  1. Review the Terminal Course Objectives, accessed by clicking on the “Course Information” tab at the top of your screen, scrolling down to the “Course Objectives” and then selecting View class objectives. How will accomplishing these objectives support your success in management?
  2. What risks or challenges might a manager encounter if they have not mastered these objectives? Explain.

READ AND REPLY TOO EACH REPLY BY AGREEING OR DISAGREEING AND WHY THIS CAN BE PRECISE AND SHORT AS WELL!

REPLY 1 

 

How will accomplishing these objectives support your success in management ? The supply chain theory practices enable a clear and concise coordination process that will help me with the proper protocols of a project. Critical thinking will encourage communication skills that will prove effecting in how I communicate instructions and direction. The US Government procurement will facilitate my need to adhere to all laws and negotiation processes. Supply chain management, strategies and mechanisms will be beneficial for me to follow all phases of the flow streams and prove successfully well-organized for suppliers and customers. Finally, playing the ethical role will safeguard honesty and integrity regarding fees, prices and contracts.

What risks or challenges might a manager encounter if they have not mastered these objectives ? Explain. Confrontations, customer complaints, loss of contracts, supplier dissatisfaction are a few of many risks or challenges that may occur if these objectives are not mastered. These risks can not only contribute to the failure of the project, but also failure of the company. For this reason, project managers should strive to continually remain abreast of supply chain strategies and competencies.

REPLY 2

 

  1. Review the Terminal Course Objectives, accessed by clicking on the “Course Information” tab at the top of your screen, scrolling down to the “Course Objectives” and then selecting View class objectives. How will accomplishing these objectives support your success in management?

Accomplishing these objectives will support my success in management by training me to keep to a set plan. When placing objectives for yourself on what needs to be done or what needs to be learned, it helps keep order and a flow of things.

  1. What risks or challenges might a manager encounter if they have not mastered these objectives? Explain.

A manager will face many challenges if they have not mastered these objectives. In order to successfully run a business, they must be able to have critical thinking skills to analyze negotiations or they could place themselves and the business into a bad situation.  Knowing the basic elements of supply chain management and strategies and mechanisms within the business environment that will help the business flourish is important. All of these objectives and more are needed and are extremely important in order to run a smooth ship and to be assured that all is covered both in legal matters and with the satisfaction of the consumers.

REPLY 3

  1. What are the similarities and differences of a formal and an informal work group?

Similarities between formal and informal work groups will include the common goals they each may have for the company.  They could also include the idea that they both share communications, ideas and use problem solving to achieve results. Differences in the two lay mostly with the format in which they meet.  Formal work groups tend to have agendas and roles for each member.  For example, there may be a secretary taking notes, as well as representation from different areas of the company such as the compensation manager, benefits manager, etc. Agendas are usually sent out prior to the meeting and followed throughout the group to ensure that the discussion stays on track and action items are addressed.  Informal groups may include a random selection of members from throughout the entire company and are usually more casual.  Meetings may or may not even happen within a company building, as members may elect to meet up for lunch or after work drinks.  There are usually no agendas and a less formalized discussion in these groups.

  1. What role does diversity play in a group?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a highly diverse group on a project?

Role diversity allows for new ideas and methods to be brought to the table.  Sometimes, adding a new diversity to the group opens doors to other opportunities as well.  Another advantage of having a highly diverse group means that there are several ways to accomplish a common goal.  By having a diverse group, all of the angles are brought forward which leads to the most efficient solutions.  On the other side, a disadvantage would be that there are a lot of different solutions to discuss.  If the diversity is there, but the team work isn’t, it can mean a lot of headaches.

  1. What role does organizational culture play in the level of success in a work group?

Organizational culture can be what makes or breaks a company, in my opinion.  If your company culture is made up of hard lines and minimal team work, with management only out for themselves, it can create a toxic work environment.  If the work environment is toxic, the success of work groups will be sub par at best and completely unsuccessful at worst.  Organizations with culture that encourages team work, celebrating success and welcoming changes will be far more successful.  This is due to the fact that the work groups are successful.  Employees want to feel valued and appreciated.  These things carry over into their quality of work.  Work groups that are made up of employees that feel valued are going to be more efficient, more energized and overall, more successful

REPLY 4

 

What are the similarities and differences of a formal and an informal work group?

The similarities between formal and informal work group is that they both come together to perform duties that lead up to one common goal.  They all have the same objective, but the groups  accomplish the goal in different ways.

The formal group, I would say has a more rigid structure.  The organization forms the group giving it a hierarchal structure.  On the other hand, the informal group is a more relaxed structure.  Each individual brings their own style/method to the table.  I would say becoming a part of an organization with either one of these structure is a matter of choice.  There are individuals who cannot do without the formal setting and likewise the informal setting.  In the formal work group there is usually a title (role) for each individual whether, Overseer, manger, secretary and the member of the workforce.  With the informal group, each individual is just as important as the other.  Within a meeting if needs be there would be assignments for a specific project.  Otherwise everyone plays their role and gets the job done.  Within both groups, communication is key.  Without effective communication the goal will not be achieved.

This may sound strange, but I love a little bit of both groups.  I love my agenda meetings, but they don’t have to be rigid.  As long as the information is given and understood, I will be satisfied.

What role does diversity play in a group?  What are the advantages and disadvantages to having a highly diverse group on a project?

Diversity within a group is a great asset to any organization.  With different cultures, there are different likenesses, ways of thinking, cooking, religion, clothing style, and traditions.  As an organization, depending on what it is that is being marketed, with a diversified group of employees the organization can be very successful. Each person will have what to offer the organization in order to build revenue.  The only downfall to having a diversified group within the workplace is that of the different ways of thinking, different aspects of respect and workstyles.  If those things can be worked on, diversity will be considered the greatest aspect of the organization.

What role does organizational culture play in the level of success in a work group?

Organizational culture plays an incredible role in the level of success in a work group.  This culture gives an expectation.  When hired in any organization, especially a large one, there is an orientation and possible training that includes a booklet called the Codes of Conduct.  This booklet sets the company’s expectations to anyone that becomes a member of their organization.   Once you are a part of the organization, you automatically take on the culture.  This culture keeps individuals in line.  It keeps the level of respect, teamwork and goal achievement at a standard.  In having an organization culture, I believe it solves three quarters of the problems that takes away from work group failures.

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