Organisation behaviour

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Organizational behaviour2

Organizational behaviour

Each group has its set of norms that are supposed to be observed by every individual in the group. These sets of norms influence conduct of the said person thus changing the way they relate to other people in the group. The action of an individual in one group also varies from the one the same person would show in a different group composed of various individuals. The paper shows the change in norms in groups by using a case study titled “workgroup behaviour in New Zealand factory”.

The group composed of five members; four of them single aged between eighteen years and twenty-two whereas the married one was twenty-five years of age (Wood, 2013). The conditions in the workplace such as proximity, low noise levels and lack of supervisor who only visited once in a day made it easy for the group to interact during working hours. All members of the group believed that the interactions made them perform their duties and this was facilitated by the members engaging in the same conversation, that is girls, sex, and drinking. The group was also united against the other members they believed one should only help another when asked creating an attitude of minding one’s business. The interactions were characterized with non-performance and members engaging in illegal acts within the premise such as smoking and manipulating the time of arrival (Wood, 2013). The unity is also seen as the group makes up the factory team in a local tournament.

The group has created social norms that determine how every individual of the group should behave. The topics of their conversation and the activities they engage in have defined the guidelines that the group should operate (In Baier, 2013). By members participating in off-job behaviour norms such as going to pubs and playing pools, they are engaging in maintenance roles to ensure involvement and commitment to the group.

As the members of the group conform to their social roles, they have to ensure they engage in the activities they have set as the basis of their relationship. The company loses from the group cohesiveness as it has adopted low-performance norms.


Baier, Matthias. Social and Legal Norms: Towards a Socio-Legal Understanding of Normativity. , 2013. Internet resource.

Wood, Jack M. Organisational Behaviour: Core Concepts and Applications. Milton, Qld: John Wiley & Sons, 2013. Print.