Advantages and Disadvantages of Small Group Communication:
Introduction: Every group communication tries to yield something good for group members although there have some pros and cons of group interaction. The most significant positive characteristic of group communication is superior performance, Greater member satisfaction, Greater civic engagement, More learning, More creativity, Enhanced cultural understanding and so on. Apart from the positive characteristic or advantages of small group communication, there have some negative characteristics or disadvantages such as More time energy and resources, conflict and people problem. Based on our study, we are sorting out a list of the advantages and disadvantages of Small Group Communication. First, we are going to talk about the six advantages of small group communication.
»Six Advantages of Small Group Communication:
- Superior performance
- Greater member satisfaction
- Greater civic engagement
- More learning
- More creativity
- Enhanced cultural understanding
1. Superior Performance:
- According to MIT Management Professor, Peter Senge: “If you want something really creative done, you ask a team to do it, instead of sending one person off to do it on his her own”
- Groups make decisions also solve problems, especially complex, and unclear problems.
- Finally, groups share workload
2. Greater Member Satisfaction:
- Social benefits – opportunity to make friends, socialize, receive peer support, and feel part of a unified and successful team/group.
- The more opportunities group members have to communicate with one another; the more satisfied they are with the group experience.
3. Greater Civic Engagement
- You are able to apply theories, methods, and tools to better engage in service to the community that you learn in a group communication course.
4. More Learning:
- A group provides many resources to work on a problem
- “Synergistic” effect (Buckminster Fuller, architect of the geodesic)
- Synergy = the sum is greater than its parts
- Members are able to learn from also with other members
- New members learn from veterans, similar amateurs learn from experts.
- They also learn more about how to work as a group in contrast just merely topics they discuss.
- Finally, the decision-making process.
- It is the product of interacting individuals stimulating one another so that what emerges is a product that no one member could accomplish working alone.
- Sharing collective information, stimulating critical thinking, challenging assumptions and raising standards of achievement
- In the academic context, collaborative learning promotes higher individual achievement in knowledge acquisition, retention, accuracy, creativity in problem solving and higher-level reasoning.
5. More Creativity:
- The key to creativity is the mental flexibility required to mix thoughts from our many experiences.
- Groups provide a creative multiplier effect by tapping more information, more brainpower and more insights.
6. Enhanced Cultural Understanding:
- Members differ in characteristics, life experiences, cultures, interests and attitudes.
- Working effectively = understand, respect and adapt to differences in members’ skills, experiences, opinions and behavior as well as differences in gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religion, race, status, and worldviews.
Three Disadvantages of Small Group Communication:
- More time, energy and resources
- People problems
1. More Time, Energy and Resources:
- First, A group needs more time to discuss issues and to analyze and resolve problems than does an individual working alone.
- In addition, A group does not have a long attention span (David Berg, 1967)
- Furthermore, Tendency to get side-tracked.
- Similarly, Topics that do not pertain to the discussion at hand may be brought up.
- Finally, It is, sometimes, hard to get agreement on where and when to meet.
- Disagreement = aggressive also disruptive
- Members in a group often are confronted with an individual who wants to take over therefore conflict exist in the group.
3. People problems:
- Sleeping members.