Toward a Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of Group Development Models: Intersecting Organizational Studies with Applied Sport Psychology

Michèle Le Blanc-Blanchard, Université D'Ottawa / University Of Ottawa, Université D'Ottawa / University Of Ottawa
2011
Group development research conducted within applied sport psychology shares many conceptual similarities with the field of organizational studies. This thesis investigates how the cross-integration of two group development models referenced from separate fields of study can converge to produce a comprehensive analytic model for evaluating group performance. Integrating Tuckman's (1965; Tuckman & Jensen, 1977) successive five stage group development model with Carron's (1982) general conceptual
more » ... ystem for cohesiveness in sport teams, this thesis develops an original integrative cross-disciplinary schematic for group development. Guided by a systems approach, the analysis of this model reveals how cross-disciplinary research conducted within these two fields serves to identify mutual benefits, while highlighting the similarities and differences from both group development models. A key contribution of this study is the consideration of opportunities for enhancing current knowledge, and the harmonization of strategic and humanistic approaches to management. The conclusions drawn from this thesis raise significant questions about the potential yielded through the adoption of theoretical applications from applied sport psychology to an organizational context.
doi:10.20381/ruor-5051 fatcat:2l3mifltergdxjqcolqolbqg7e