Andrew J. DuBrin

Video Labs: Chapter #9-Group Dynamics

Virtual Teams


Virtual teams are described in pages 18-183 and 215-216 of the textbook. In a humorous, but realistic fashion this video provides clues to what can go right or go wrong with respect to a virtual team. In the first segment we see a cast of characters doing things wrong.  We see one member fatigued, one member distracted by perhaps another family member, unprofessional behavior, and varied motivation for the task. In the second segment, the same cast of characters is in better shape to work together. They appear to be more task-motivated, and are more polite toward each other.


A couple of conclusions implied by the video are that for a virtual team to be effective, the team members must get to know each other, and there must be good communication between and among members. Another interpretation of this video is that virtual team members must overcome the potential problem of different language accents among the members.

Run Time: 3:35

Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster


Groupthink is described in pages 195-196 of the textbook. This video presents a brief overview of what has become perhaps the most famous all-time example of groupthink—the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. NASA managers were so committed to reaching space program objectives that they ignored safety warnings about the O-rings from people both within and outside the agency. As shown in the video, the outside temperature was too cold for safe use of sealing rings.  Not shown in the video was that a NASA briefing paper dated July 20, 1986 reported that both astronauts and engineers expressed concern for that the agency’s management had a group think mentality. Run Time: 4:10

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Fundamental Lesson for Group Cohesiveness – Organizational Psychology


The presenter, Jerry Liu, says that he has seen so many organizations, clubs, parties and organizations fall short of having the team members feel like they are part of the team, and form a cohesive group. Group cohesiveness is described on page 204 of the textbook.  Liu decided to analyze the fundamental lesson in what successful organizations do. Run Time: 5:15