Friday, July 29, 2011

Does Group Size Matter?

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Yes, group size does matter. There are studies that indicate that a group’s size can be a function of the group’s function. If you have a group that is designed to problem solveor fact-find, then it can be more effective for the group to be composed of 12 or more people. On the other hand, if you have a group that’s designed to take action or go out and do something, then that group can be more effective if it’s smaller and has, perhaps, 7 to 12 people.

Group size does matter. Here’s an example of how it works. You’re a politician, and you need to canvas a certain area. You can problem solve to strategize the best way to door knock in that area. In your problem solving, you would have a group of more than 12 people. Let’s say you’d have 14 people to help problem solve how to best canvas the area. Once you come up with your solutions, then you can actually breakdown into smaller group, perhaps 7 in each group, to go out and execute the solutions.

Again, group size matters. If the group is smaller and actually task oriented, then the group would be more effective if you have maybe 7 to 12 people. However, if the group is problem solving, brainstorming, or fact-finding, then that group might be more effective if you have more than 12 people.

Thank you for listening. I’m Jovi “Professor Jovi” Brown. Until next time, let’s think better, and do better. I’ll take comments on this blog right here on jovibrownweekdaywords.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  

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