Achievement motivation and group processes among South African Indian students

Abstract :

Examines aspects of group process amongst co-operative groups and competitive groups. Fifty participants, all students from an Indian teachers’ training college in Johannesburg, were chosen. At random, one group was assigned to perform a single group-oriented task (the tower-building game) and the other to a competitively-oriented individual-task group (the achievement-motivation game). During the first phase of the experiment, all the groups were given a common topic for discussion, after which the participants completed a Johari questionnaire. During the second phase, the co-operative groups were required to elect a leader, and they were allocated the tower-building task, which requires teamwork. The competitive groups did not appoint a leader, and they participated in the achievement-motivation game. The results reveal a tendency amongst the co-operative group members to disclose more personal information about themselves to fellow group members, than did members of the competitive groups. The co-operative group members also generated more interpersonal feedback than did the competitive groups’ members. The co-operative group members also rated their groups to be more effective than the competitive groups.



Author Bhowan K
Date Accessioned 2016-09-22T11:25:46Z
Date Available 2016-09-22T11:25:46Z
Date Created
Identifier URL 1975
Language English
Subject Business administration / Business leadership
Subject 2 Business administration / Business leadership
Alternative Title
Degree Type Masters degree
Degree Description  MBA