Learning Teams: Shrinking to Fit (B)

2 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2008

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James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Sondra Russell

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

Teams often collapse over personality issues. This case examines such a collapse, in the context of an MBA student learning team. Students can explore personality differences, analytical strategy, and gender, ethnicity, and race issues. Joann Moyer, an MBA student facing first-year exams, is anxious and conflicted about what she perceives as personality conflicts among her team members. The B case reveals that the team actually has process issues around its learning frameworks and that many of the teams problems revolve around that issue and not personalities. The business world requires people to work together successfully, and good learning teams learn to cultivate the necessary skills for doing so. See also the A case (UVA-OB-0839).

Keywords: minorities in business, strategy formulation, race, ethnicity

Suggested Citation

Clawson, James G. and Yemen, Gerry and Russell, Sondra, Learning Teams: Shrinking to Fit (B). Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0840. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281856

James G. Clawson (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/clawson.htm

Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Sondra Russell

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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