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Summer Institute

Group Projects that Work

Group Projects that Work

(Required Reading – either of the first two articles)


*McCorkle, D. E., Reardon, J., Alexander, J. F., Kling, N. D., Harris, R. C. and Iyler, R. V.  “Undergraduate Marketing Students, Group Projects, and Teamwork:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?”  Journal of Marketing Education, 1999, 21 (2), 106-117.

--Excellent overview of the strengths and weaknesses of group projects with recommendations solutions to the problems.


Chapman, K. J., Meuter, M., Toy, D., and Wright, L. “Can’t We Pick our Own Groups?The Influence of Group Selection Method on Group Dyanmics and Outcomes.” Journal of Management Education, 2006, 30 (4), 357-569.

--Good introduction to the criteria students use when they form their own groups.


Hall, D., and Buzwell, S.  “The Problem of Free-Riding in Group Projets:  Looking Beyond Social Loafing as Reason for Non-Contribution.”  Active Learning in Higher Education, 2012, 14 (1), 37-49.

 --Describes how the dynamics within a group can encourage students to become passive, noncontributing members.


Baker, D. F.  “Peer Assessment in Small Groups:  A Comparison of Methods.”  Journal of Management Education, 2008, 32 (2), 183-209.

--Uses a comprehensive lit review to generate the most common assessment criteria for peers; also includes two excellent peer assessment forms, plus much other useful information on peer assessment.


*Chapman, K. J., Meuter, M. L., Toy, D., and Wright, L. K. “Are Student Groups Dysfunctional.”  Journal of Marketing Education, 2001, 32 (1), 39-49.

  --Student views as to the effectiveness of groups.


Yamane, D.  “Collaboration and Its Discontents:  Steps toward Overcoming Barriers to Successful Group Projects.”  Teaching Sociology, 1996, 24 (4), 378-383.

--Excellent advice on designing group projects.


Aaron, J. R.,  McDowell, W. C., and Herdman, A. O.  “The Effects of a Team Charter on Student Team Behaviors."  Journal of Education for Business, 2014, 89 (2), 90-97.

 --A strategy that encourages student groups to explicitly address how they can work together constructively.


Group Member’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities adapted from D. G. Longman.   Appears in the February 7, 2012 post.