Friday, December 20, 2013

Fractional Reserve Society

Currently there is not a universal definition of what constitutes a group. Groups can have varying numbers of members, communication styles, and structures. Research has identified a few common requirements contributing to the recognition of individuals working in a collaborative environment to be considered a “group”:
  • Interdependence: In order for an individual of the collective to accomplish their part in the assigned task they depend, to some degree, on the outputs of other members of the collective.
  • Social interaction: In order to accomplish the goal some form of verbal or nonverbal communication is required to take place amongst the members of the collective.
  • Perception of a group: All members of the collective must agree they are, in fact, part of a group.
  • Commonality of purpose: All the members of the collective come together to serve or attain a common goal.

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