Dynamics in groups: Are we there yet?

Matthew A. Cronin, Laurie R. Weingart, Gergana Todorova

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Abstract

We know that groups are dynamic entities, and yet we rarely study them as such. Previously hamstrung by limited theory,a decade of advances in understanding the fundamental nature of groups and change promised a revolution in group research. Our goal here is to review those theoretical developments and then examine their impact on our empirical understanding of group dynamics. Examining work done and not done, we will take stock of this work, identify the obstacles that seem to keep us focused more on group statics than dynamics, and then close by offering suggestions about not only what approaches to take when studying group dynamics, but also how the field can help develop these approaches. We hope that a review of the group dynamic literature in 2021 will celebrate our coming empirical accomplishments rather than lament a lack of them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-612
Number of pages42
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

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  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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Cronin, M. A., Weingart, L. R., & Todorova, G. (2011). Dynamics in groups: Are we there yet? Academy of Management Annals, 5(1), 571-612. https://doi.org/10.1080/19416520.2011.590297