Undertake research on the importance of groups within an organisational setting and the benefits and challenges of working within groups. A particular focus of this research should be on social loafing in groups. You have been provided with four recommended references. You are expected to

Assessment 3: Report
OVERVIEW

The aim of the report is for you to gain an in-depth understanding of a topic relevant to working within an organisational setting and to gain insight into how individuals deal with this issue in their work lives.

The unit learning outcomes assessed are:

LO 1 Reflect on intra and inter-group processes including communication, decision making, conflict and cooperation and the use and abuse of power.

LO 4 Critique the real world applicability of group process and organisational behaviour research.
LENGTH

Part A: 900 Words

Part B: 900 Words
DUE DATE

Part A: Sunday after Session 3, 23:59 pm

Part B: Sunday after Session 9, 23:59 pm
DETAILS

In this report you will research and reflect on the benefits and challenges of working within groups. A particular challenge you may face in group work is social loafing. Social loafing is when there is an unequal distribution of work effort i.e., some group members exhibit less motivation or effort and rely on other group members for the work to be completed. In addition to providing an overview of research in this topic area, you are also required to interview a full time employee about the topic. This will enable you to draw conclusions regarding how individuals deal with the challenges of working within groups within their work settings.
INSTRUCTIONS
Part A (Overview of research and method)

Undertake research on the importance of groups within an organisational setting and the benefits and challenges of working within groups. A particular focus of this research should be on social loafing in groups. You have been provided with four recommended references. You are expected to include an additional two references in your report.
Recommended References:

After researching your topic, you need to write an overview of the topic (Approximately 600 words. This overview should include the following:
Importance of effective groups and teams for organisations and definition and introduction of key concepts
Benefits and challenges of group work. Challenges should include social loafing.
Explanation of social loafing, why it occurs and how it may be overcome
Rationale and aim of report: For example, to further explore the benefits of challenges of group work in an organisational setting.
Overview of your proposed method. (Approximately 300 words)
Choose an individual who is full-time employment to interview.
In the Method section of your report, you should provide background details of your participant i.e., age, gender, work background, and method of selection. You should also provide an overview of your interview process. This overview should include the type of interview (e.g., semi-structured, open-ended interview questions), topics that will be covered and ethical considerations (e.g., voluntary participation, informed consent).

Part B (Findings and Discussion)

Time will be provided in class to help with the formulation of interview questions. Your interview questions should ascertain your participant’s perspectives on the benefits and challenges of group work. Examples of questions include: What was their best and worst experience of working within groups? Have they experienced group members social loafing? What was the outcome? How do they believe social loafing should be addressed? After interview questions are finalised you will be required to conduct your interview and analyse your findings.
Findings and Discussion sections
Findings: Provide an overview of the main themes emerging from the interviews. You need to include quotations from the interview to support your themes (Approximately 400 words).
Discussion: Discuss the ‘links’ between theory and practice. Reflect on the connection between the findings of past research and what is actually happening in the interviewee’s work setting (Approximately 350-400 words).
Provide a conclusion: Do the benefits of group work outweigh the challenges and how can social loafing be prevented? (Approximately 100-150 words)
References – APA format

Assessment Criteria and Submission
Part A

Critical and thorough review of literature leading to a clearly stated aim
Clear outline of method – participant background and interview process
Presentation: Writing style (spelling, grammar, punctuation) and APA formatting

Link to Rubric Report Part A: APP2024 Report Part A Rubric.pdf
Part B

Clear outline of Findings – main themes and supporting quotations.
Thorough and thoughtful discussion of findings in relation to past research
Conclusion- shows evidence of insight regarding the benefits of challenges of group work within an organisational setting
Presentation: Writing style (spelling, grammar, punctuation) and APA formatting

Link to Rubric Report Part B: APP2024 Report Part B Rubric.pdf