Group dynamics is a pattern of behaviors and psychological events that are observed within a group or between groups. The study of group dynamics helps in understanding decision-making behavior, tracking epidemics, creating therapy, and following new ideas and technologies. Group dynamics aim to understand behaviors like sexism, racism, and other forms of discriminations prevalent in the society. In an organization, groups are a common entity and the study of groups and group dynamics is an important area in group dynamics in organizational behavior to improve the performance of the organization. At Bharathidasan University, this essential subject is taught as part of the curriculum of the fourth semester to students of MBA in Human Resources
Group dynamics in Management help managers coordinate the behavior of individuals to achieve organizational goals. A manager directs and coordinates the interactions within a team and between teams.
Bharathidasan university has made the study in managing group dynamics a lot easier than it was, with its ‘avagmah’ app. ‘Avagmah’ is a smartphone application that is available at your fingertips to help you with articles, discussions, e-books, doubt clearing sessions, live chats with our professors, regarding group dynamics management. Download the course material on your phone and study and understand it at your leisure.
A Dynamic Management Group provides close, personal supervision round the clock and throughout the year to its members. Formal groups are work groups and the management must be aware of factors influencing the groups' performance and also understand individual and the group issues. Informal groups are social groups which are formed in the workplace. These groups are formed around friendships and common interests. Individuals adjust themselves to the group to which they belong, thus making understanding groups and managing work teams a tough task. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. A team comprises of members who work together. Team-building efforts increase inter-group and intra-group effectiveness.
In any organization, interactions amongst the work groups are the most challenging task. Physical proximity, resource sharing, nature of the tasks performed, uncertainties of the group, goal orientation etc determine the organizational behavior group dynamics. A study of group dynamics, which is an integral part of the MBA in Human Resources, prepares an individual for a leadership role in an organization, and the course of study is the right choice for people who seek to up-skill with a view to career growth.