Daniel J. Levi Group Dynamics for Teams

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Group Dynamics for Teams

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Thoroughly updated and revised, the Second Edition of Group Dynamics for Teams provides a clear and concise overview of the basic psychological concepts of group dynamics with a focus on their application with teams in the workplace. Grounded in psychology research but with a very practical focus on organizational behavior issues, the book helps readers understand and participate in teams more effectively in day-to-day work.

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Daniel Levi is a Professor in the Psychology and Human Development Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the University of Arizona.  He teaches classes in group dynamics and in social, environmental, and organizational psychology.  In addition, he teaches classes in teamwork and the psychology of technological change in courses primarily for engineering students at Cal Poly.  He has conducted research and worked as a consultant with factory and engineering teams for companies such as Nortel Networks, TRW, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics.  In addition, he has researched international team project related to concurrent engineering.

Dr. Levi's research and consulting with factory teams primarily has focused on the use of teams to support technological change and the adoption of just-in-time and quality programs.  This work examined a variety of team issues including job redesign, training, compensation, supervision, and change management approaches.  His work with professional teams primarily has been done with engineering design teams.  These projects examined the use of concurrent engineering, self-management, and the globalization of teams.  The topics of this work included the impact of information technology on teams, faciliation and training needs for professional teams, and the impacts of organizational culture and leadership.

Early work on the present book was sponsored by an engineering education grant from NASA.  This project focused on the development of teamwork skills in engineering students working on multidisciplinary projects.

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"The author’s analysis is very up-to-date, for he includes chapters on very recent analyses of teams, such as questions of diversity and teams-communicating-via-computers. . . . The book’s key strength is its aim to help students and professionals better understand the groups to which they belong by reviewing key concepts in the area of groups." 

(Donelson R. Forsyth)

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