Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Understanding and Managing Informal Groups

Understanding and Managing Informal Groups Informal workgroups are described, and theircharacteristics and development are discussed.They are compared with formal groups which aredefined by the structure of the organisation andan individuals role within that structure. Informalgroups will always occur in any organisation somanagements task is to understand and useinformal groups to achieve the organisations ends.This is especially true as regards productivity, andthe variables affecting productivity are discussed.The article then concentrates on leadership as afactor affecting group productivity. In this context,interactions between leaders formal and informaland group members are considered. A model ispresented of how management can use informalgroups to increase productivity. The importanceof good relationships between formal and informalgroups is emphasised, and a list of ways in whichmanagement can foster good relationships isprovided. If, for any reason, the informal groupwill not cooperate with the organisation, butcontinues to work against it, management mustensure that the group is disbanded. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Understanding and Managing Informal Groups

Management Decision , Volume 28 (8) – Aug 1, 1990

Loading next page...
 
/lp/emerald-publishing/understanding-and-managing-informal-groups-iDUTTtZNqL

References (2)

Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/00251749010000038
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Informal workgroups are described, and theircharacteristics and development are discussed.They are compared with formal groups which aredefined by the structure of the organisation andan individuals role within that structure. Informalgroups will always occur in any organisation somanagements task is to understand and useinformal groups to achieve the organisations ends.This is especially true as regards productivity, andthe variables affecting productivity are discussed.The article then concentrates on leadership as afactor affecting group productivity. In this context,interactions between leaders formal and informaland group members are considered. A model ispresented of how management can use informalgroups to increase productivity. The importanceof good relationships between formal and informalgroups is emphasised, and a list of ways in whichmanagement can foster good relationships isprovided. If, for any reason, the informal groupwill not cooperate with the organisation, butcontinues to work against it, management mustensure that the group is disbanded.

Journal

Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 1, 1990

There are no references for this article.