Groups and Teams Paper
Ask five people on the street what the difference between a group and a team is and there will likely be five different answers, all of which to a degree are correct. Outside of a business setting, people might have difficulty explaining the differences between the two since they are used interchangeably.
In the simplest form, a group is two or more individuals that may or may not be located in the same area. A search of the Oxford English Dictionary (2011) defines a group as “a number of persons or things regarded as forming a unity on account of any kind of mutual or common relation, or classed together on account of a certain degree of ...view middle of the document...
a definite number of persons forming a side in a match, in any team sport; hence, a group collaborating in their professional work or in some enterprise or assignment.”
Teams generally consist of people who have either chosen to work with one another or have been selected by a superior because of a skill or knowledge the individual has that may be beneficial in solving a problem or achieving a goal. In a way, teams can be defined as groups of people working together to achieve a common goal. However, teams have leaders or a person who is overseeing the team. Team members seem to have more distinguished roles and all members play a specific role; whereas group members are not as specialized in their roles and responsibilities and therefore are more easily replaceable.
An Examination of Workplace Diversity
Workplace diversity refers to the existence of individual types of people in the workplace. More precisely, this can refer to an individual’s gender, race, ethnicity, age, able-bodiedness, marital status, parental status, sexual preference, and religion (Shermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborne, 2008). As more women, African Americans and Hispanics, or Latin Americans enter the workplace its important for these people to be in positions of authority. By having women, African Americans and Hispanics in positions of authority it helps...