As a certain expectation or grade. I thought our

mentioned in class, according to Google’s analysis, the key to good teamwork is
like this. Each team member can respect one another’s emotions; all members can
contribute to the conversation equally. It is all about how the team members
interact with one another. The final test is to determine whether the members
of the group are interdependent. From the class we know when there is
interdependence among tasks, the whole success of the team depends on the
success of each one, and the success of each one also depends on the success of
the others.


When the group project started at the beginning,
our group was built up very quickly as the first one in the ten groups. We basically
do not know each other before taking this class, but I believe we share the similar
interest, and we should all be willing to pull our weight and help the team achieve
a certain expectation or grade. I thought our group project should be an effective
and enjoyable one. Our team share the same idea that task interdependence played
an important role in the success of the group project assignment. Our group
preferred an independent contribution over a reciprocal task interdependence. We
started understanding how the group’s interactions and cohesiveness goes through
the process of creating the team performance objectives and the project
proposal. In the first group meeting in class, we had the introductions to
break the ice. After we familiarized ourselves with one another, we did not
assign some specific roles for each of us, for example we do not want to have one
person to be a leader, or someone to write down meeting notes. Like the Google’s
conclusion, we hope everyone in the group is equal while making any decisions, and
the relationship between each team member is equal and we do not want to see
someone is of higher importance over another. We made use of brainstorm to find
out some companies, and each of us had a chance to talk about his or her idea,
and then we selected the most suitable one. Nobody was in charge of telling
members what to do. Equal-powered members within a group increases the benefits
of task interdependence because “high-powered people do not spend as much time
processing information in their relationship with employees as low-powered
people because their outcomes are not dependent on the low-powered individual”
(Herschcovis, 2012, p. 13-14).  

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Our group all agreed to make use of Google Docs
function provided by the Coursework’s collaboration to share the information or
idea, and to work on the documents and reports.   We did
establish some high level tasks specific to each person, but we made we still
have the equal power within the group. For example, I created some documents
for the project report in a Google word document and started on it, the other
team member received the email notification soon. Without any reminder from
anyone, they realized that a new team task just started and as a team member they
also need to work on it because it is a collective effort. In addition, even
though nobody in our team mentioned on purpose that we can always check the
version history from the Google word document to see who has added what
content, I believe we all know as a group we need to put effort into the
project so there is not an imbalance of power and responsibility amongst the
group. If someone sees another person studying hard for an example, he or she
will be motivated to try to study just as hard. Then after we learned the topic
about groups in class, we all understand that a group should focus on ensuring
that the level of motivation and attitudes are similar to lower the amount of
potential problems, since we are not a group which allow us to communicate face
to face every day. Beside Google docs, we also use email or text message to always
have everyone on the same page, and we also found when everyone is on
the same page it became much easier to work together to reach a certain goal.