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COM 520, Spring 2013 – Reading Guide Questions for March 20

With both of today's articles, please notice in the literature reviews whether any of the works the authors cite might be useful for your paper.

For Galanes:

1. You've probably seen dialectical tensions discussed in other classes (e.g., relationships, interpersonal, organizational, classroom).  What is the basic idea behind dialectical tensions?  What dialectical tensions were identified in those other contexts in other classes you've had?  Why might a dialectical approach to our interactions with one another be appealing?

2. Notice that on 410-411 she reviews literature on behaviors and competencies of group leaders.  Which seem particularly important to you?  Why?  Which less so?  Why?

3. For this study, what was she trying to find?  What did she do to gather her data?  What did she do to analyze it?

4. For each of the three dialectical tensions she identified:

    a. What does she call it?

    b. Explain it in your own words

    c. What lessons does she derive from it?

    d. How has it operated in groups you belong(ed) to?

5. For each of the three main conclusions she argues for:

    a. Synthesize her arguments and evidence in your own words

    b. How does your experience in groups help confirm or contradict it?

6. What are other takeaways you have for this article?


For Garner & Poole:

1. So what are they trying to find out in this study?

2. What is the leadership endorsement model?  How does it operate?

3. Who were the participants here?  What did the authors do to gather their data?  What did they do to analyze it?

4. What do you find noteworthy in each of the narratives about the three teams that are studied here?

5. How does the leader-foil dialectic operate to promote leader endorsement?   To discourage leader endorsement?

6. What are breakpoints?  What is the link between breakpoints and leadership endorsement?

7. What are other takeaways you have for this article?

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