Group Problem Solving

GroupProblem Solving

GroupProblem Solving


Thereare some issues within an organization that can be solved effectivelyonly by an organized group working. According to Chiu (2000, p. 28),group problem solving is effective especially in a situation wherethe issue of concern affect more than one individual within anorganization. In another situation, there are those problems that donot have a straightforward answer to solving hence the need fordiverse views of people to arrive at an answer.

Thereis a higher level of commitment by individuals to the final solutionthat will be arrived at among the participants involved in generatingit. According to Evensen &amp Hmelo-Silver (2000, 213), individual’scontributions will be taken into consideration since there are thoseissues that do not have definite solutions hence demand differentpeople’s opinion and contribution to solving them effectively.

The people involved in the group problem solving in most occasionstend to think analytically and creatively when solving a problem(Argote et al., 2000, p. 7). The approach is most desirableparticularly when the problem under consideration is consideredamenable to it. F0por instance perennial issues affecting anorganization will require an approach that will make use ofcreativity and analytical group thinking to arrive at a permanentsolution.

It is argued that having several minds together performing a dutyoften makes the arrival of the solution to any problem easier(Isaksen et al., 2000, 67). Hence, there is the need to involve eachwithin an organization to make his or her contribution when dealingwith a problem that affects the organization.

Reasonswhy Group problem solving is critical to the success of anorganization and wide quality improvement

Workingas a team to solve a problem is key to improving quality since thereare problems that are complex and tend to affect several people. Anindividual may not have enough information that will lead to qualityimprovement hence the need for teamwork (Love et al., 2000, p. 321).

Groupproblem solving will improve the process within an organization orthe system that will lead to quality improvement. Additionally, groupproblem solving can be argued to improve and lead to greater outputhence the success of the organization and quality improvement.

Bettersolutions offered within a group problem solving will result inquality improvement within an organization, (Barron, 2000, p. 403).The quality of solution can only be achieved when working as a grouprather than an individual.


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