Stages in Group Development

  1. LO 6.4 Know the stages in the development of groups.

The process of group development is a dynamic one.8 Groups go through several maturation stages that are often readily identifiable, are generally found across a variety of organizations, and involve groups formed for a variety of different purposes. These stages are illustrated in Table 6.1 and Figure 6.3.9

TABLE 6.1 Stages of Group Development


Defining Characteristics


Members get to know one another and lay out project and team ground rules.


Conflict begins as team members begin to resist authority and demonstrate hidden agendas and prejudices.


Members agree on operating procedures and seek to work together, develop closer ...

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