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Think about the new role for your smart phones in group work in class. Will you be using Google Docs to exchange documents? How does the classroom and the arrangement of objects within it constrain and enable group activities? Think about other teachers, classes, supervisors, jobs, and other individuals that can have an impact on your ability to carry out group assignments. Name but don't describe in detail, the value-realizing procedures your group is adopting. What are university regulations that will have an impact on your group work. For example, switches between MWF and TTH schedules. There is a wealth of information and skill locked in each of your group's members. How will you unleash these and telescope them into group work and activities? How, in other words, will you work to maximize group synergies and minimize group disadvantages?

Exercises 1-3 compose the Preliminary Self-Evaluation which is due shortly after semester-long groups are formed. Exercise 4 is the close-out group self evaluation which is due at the end of the semester.

Exercise 4: prepare a final, group self-evaluation

  • Due Date: One week after the last class of the semester when your group turns in all its materials.
  • Length: A minimum of five pages not including Team Member Evaluation Forms
  • Contents:
  • 1. Restate the Ethical and Practical Goals that your group developed at the beginning of its formation.
  • 2. Provide a careful, documented assessment of your group’s success in meeting these goals. (Don’t just assertthat “Our group successfully realized justice in all its activities this semester.” How did your group characterize justice in thecontext of its work? What specific activities did the group carry out to realize this value? What, among these activities, worked andwhat did not work?)
  • 3. Identify obstacles, shortcomings or failures that you group experienced during the semester. How didthese arise? Why did they arise? How did you respond to them? Did your response work? What did you learn from this experience?
  • 4. Assess the plans you set forth in your initial report on how you intended to realize values and avoidpitfalls. How did these work? Did you stick to your plans or did you find it necessary to change or abandon them in the face ofchallenges?
  • 5. Discuss your group’s procedures and practices? How did you divide and allocate work tasks? How did youreach consensus on difficult issues? How did you ensure that all members were respected and allowed significant and meaningfulparticipation? What worked and what did not work with respect to these procedures? Will you repeat them in the future? Would yourecommend these procedures as best practices to future groups?
  • 6. What did you learn from your experience working as a team this semester? What will require furtherreflection and thought? In other words, conclude your self-evaluation with a statement that summarizes your experienceworking together as a team this semester.

    Appendix for admi 4016, falkl 2013 and following

  • What are the results of your group's challenge to the College of Business Administration's Statement of Values? (This can be found in Developing Ethics Codes and Statements of Value. See exercise 2. http://cnx.org/content/m14319/1.11/
  • What is your group's CID Structure? See presentation two at the bottom of the module, A Short History of the Corporation. http://cnx.org/content/m17314/1.7/

Wrap up: some further points to consider...

  1. Don’t gloss over your work with generalizations like, “Our group was successful and achieved all ofits ethical and practical goals this semester.” Provide evidence for success claims. Detail the procedures designed by your group tobring about these results. Are they “best practices”? What makes them best practices?
  2. Sometimes—especially if difficulties arose—it is difficult to reflect on your group’s activities for thesemester. Make the effort. Schedule a meeting after the end of the semester to finalize this reflection. If things worked well, whatcan you do to repeat these successes in the future? If things didn’t work out, what can you do to avoid similar problems in thefuture? Be honest, be descriptive and avoid blame language.
  3. This may sound harsh but get used to it. Self-evaluations—group and individual—are an integral part ofprofessional life. They are not easy to carry out, but properly done they help to secure success and avoid future problems.
  4. Student groups—perhaps yours—often have problems. This self-evaluation exercise is designed to help youface them rather than push them aside. Look at your goals. Look at the strategies you set forth for avoiding Abilene, groupthink, andgroup polarization. Can you modify them to deal with problems? Do you need to design new procedures?

Ethics of team work presentations

Values in team work (thought experiments)

Pitfalls to avoid in group work

Thought experiments on group work

Team member evaluation forms (required)

New ethics of teamwork presentation (spring 2012)

Ethics of teamwork jeopardy


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  2. Flores, F. and Solomon, R. (2003). Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships and Life. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  3. Brincat, Cynthia A. and Wike, Victoria S. (2000) Morality and the Professional Life: Values at Work . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
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  5. Pritchard, M. (1996). Reasonable Children: Moral Education and Moral Learning . Lawrence, KS: Kansas University Press.
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Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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