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What techniques can you use to generate conversations from different perspectives?

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For Written Assignment #1 please complete only one of the two options:

Option 1 – Diversity Journal Article Critique/Review

Identify and review a management journal article on a subject related to diverse teams in organizations. Sources for the article should be a respected business journal (i.e., Academy of Management, Journal of Internal Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Business Review, etc.) As part of this assignment, you will be required to submit a one to two-page written report detailing a summary and analysis in the following format:

Name of Article

Author of Article

Source of Article (journal name, publication date)

Initial Guiding Questions to Consider in Forming your Essay:

Summary of article clearly linked to proper course concepts, theory and terminology from the course. (approx. one page)

Critique, implications, and connects to class content (i.e., the “so what” of the article; key take-away(s); what did you gain from the article? How does the article support or refute theories from the text?) (approx. one page)

The written report should be around 500 words and no more than two pages.

Option 2: Diverse Teams Hold Court

Diverse teams have been proven to be better at problem-solving and decision-making for a number of reasons. First, they bring many different perspectives to the table. Second, they rely more on facts and use those facts to substantiate their positions. What is even more interesting is that, according to the Scientific American article “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” simply “being around people who are different from us makes more creative, diligent, and harder-working.” One case in point is the example of jury decision-making, where fact-finding and logical decision-making are of utmost importance. A 2006 study of jury decision-making, led by social psychologist Samuel Sommers of Tufts University, showed that racially diverse groups exchanged a wider range of information during deliberation of a case than all-white groups did. The researcher also conducted mock jury trials with a group of real jurors to show the impact of diversity on jury decision-making. Interestingly enough, it was the mere presence of diversity on the jury that made jurors consider the facts more, and they had fewer errors recalling the relevant information. The groups even became more willing to discuss the role of race in the case, when they hadn’t before with an all-white jury. This wasn’t the case because the diverse jury members brought new information to the group—it happened because, according to the author, the mere presence of diversity made people more open-minded and diligent. Given what we discussed on the benefits of diversity, it makes sense. People are more likely to be prepared, to be diligent, and to think logically about something if they know that they will b pushed or tested on it. And who else would push you or test you on something, if not someone who is different from you in perspective, experience, or thinking. “Diversity jolts us into cognitive action in ways that homogeneity simply does not.” So, the next time you are called for jury duty, or to serve on a board committee, or to make an important decision as part of a team, remember that one way to generate a great discussion and come up with a strong solution is to pull together a diverse team.

Initial Guiding Questions to Consider in Forming your Essay:

If you don’t have a minimally diverse group of people on your team, how can you ensure that you will have robust discussions and decision-making? What techniques can you use to generate conversations from different perspectives?

W?hat are some positives associated with diverse work teams? What are some possible negatives associated with diverse work teams?

Evaluate your own team at work. Is it a diverse team? How would you rate the quality of decisions generated from that group? Explain. Sources: Adapted from Katherine W. Phillips, “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” Scientific American, October 2014, p. 7–8.

Again, the written report should be around 500 words and no more than two pages.

Review Criteria

O?ption 1 – Journal Article

Summary of article clearly linked to proper course concepts, theory and terminology from the course. (approx. one page)

Critique, implications, and connects to class content (i.e., the “so what” of the article; key take-away(s); what did you gain from the article?, how does article support or refute theories from the text?) (approx. one page)

O?ption 2 – Case Analysis

Summary of case clearly linked to proper course concepts, theory and terminology from the course materials. (approx. one page)

Critique, implications, and connects to class content (i.e., the “so what” of the article; key take-away(s); what did you gain from the experience?; How can concepts and theories from the text assist you to apply diversity to increase team performance) (approx. one page)

Rubric

Article/Case Summary (worth 10pts)

Critique/Review (worth 10pts)

Written Quality (worth 5pts)

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