Before beginning work on this week’s discussion post, review the following resources:
- Doing Discussion Questions Right
- Expanded Grading Rubric
From the assigned readings, select one topic for which you will lead the discussion in the forum this week. Early in the week, reserve your selected topic by posting your response (reservation post) to the Discussion Area, identifying your topic in the subject line. By the due date assigned, research your topic and start a scholarly conversation as you respond with your initial or primary post to your own reservation post.
Some of the main team topics of this week are:
- Heterogeneous versus homogenous team composition
- Team diversity
- Shared norms
- Shared values
- Fairness and equality
- Shared leadership
Other potential topics and subtopics exist in the readings.
Be very specific about the topic you choose (e.g., which diversity components or what it is about shared leadership that you are analyzing). Also, now that you have begun to study several team behavior themes in the course, begin looking for relationships between themes from past weeks and the current week and considering how current organizational environments (e.g., globalization, technology, and change) interact with team behavior. Look for relationships, comparisons and contrasts, and emergent models.
As the beginning of a scholarly conversation, your initial post should be:
- Succinct—it should be no more than 500 words.
- Provocative—use concepts and combinations of concepts from the readings to propose relationships, causes, and/or consequences that inspire others to engage (inquire and learn). In other words, take a scholarly stand.
- Supported—scholarly conversations are more than opinions. Ideas, statements, and conclusions are supported by clear research and citations from course materials as well as other credible, peer-reviewed resources.