Essays on How Culture and Personality within Study Groups Impacts Communication in the Group Case Study

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The paper “ How Culture and Personality within Study Groups Impacts Communication in the Group” is a well-turned example of the case study on communication. Understanding how various factors impact the dynamics within a group and how it impacts communication is critical in understanding how effective a group is. This paper presents an analysis of my study group specifically focusing on how culture and personality impact how communication occurs within the group and analyzing how individuals within the group might contribute to improving communication. Background information on the contextThe study group to be analyzed is one of my most interesting study groups not only because the members in the group were chosen randomly and are culturally diverse, but also because the group interactions within this team and the outcome of the team’ s work comprises half of the grade scores that the members in each group will be awarded.

Participation is imperative in this group. The key objective of the study group is to complete various assigned tasks successfully through deep analysis reflection and provision of different perspectives on certain issues. Discussion, reflection, and debate on different perspectives are key features used in the study group to share information, ideas, and opinions.

The key cohesive forces that make the group attractive and remain intact are not only the people in the people in the group and their personality that give it a unique experience, but also because of the expectations of beneficial impacts that will be attained from the group, and the various tasks that the group has to perform together. Indeed Hopkins and Hopkins (2002) show that group cohesion is imperative for a group to remain together and for meaningful benefits to be derived from group activities. The study group is made up of five members, three gentlemen and two ladies with the arrangement during meetings being more flexible and based on the round table ideology where all members have equal opportunity to converse with all others on an equal basis.

While initially, the interaction patterns within the group were more of taking turns to express points, over time it has grown to be a free-floating pattern of interaction with members contributing as they will concerning a particular issue if they feel they have something meaningful to add.

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