Project Teams

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The script highlights the ‘plant’ member of the team as a perspicacious and pragmatic individual who is a source of innovativeness and unconventional thoughts. A discussion on the positives and negatives of a plant member is attempted. It describes the controversial decision to entertain competition among team members. The phases of conflicts, cooperation and professionalism as part of the group dynamics of the team in focus are elaborated. Forming and storming are categorised as phases of conflicts. Norming and performing are identified as stages of cooperation and professional behaviour. The script highlights the phases of cooperation and relates it to “ethnorelativistic learning”. Ethnic diversity is perceived as an advantage in terms of the knowledge pool and its function as a morale booster. Professionalism is viewed as a semi permeable membrane functioning as a panacea to convert all conflicts into healthy competition. The ineffectiveness of student groups as self-managing team without an influential leader who has genuine authority over the members is emphasised. Further it mentions the frustration due to inclusion of sub-standard team members and inadequacy of a student’s group to effectively deal the issue. It ends with the discussion on negatives of unethical professionalism which tends to wipe out values and relations.

2. Review of the applicability of Belbin profiling on the individual.

a. Positives

Belbin’s profiling technique –BTRSPI (Belbin’s team-role self perception inventory) categorised the student in focus as a ‘PLANT’. A learned person with intelligent and innovative thoughts, problem solver, being unconventional are few characteristics associated to those who...

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