Small Group Dynamics

Small group communication experts Isa Engleberg and Dianna Wynn (2003) have identified seven types of groups to which you can belong: primary, social, self-help, learning, service, work, and the public. For the purpose of the study, a group is selected which was appointed by the Government. A group is a public group, in which group members interact for the benefit of an audience.
There was widespread fear among the public due to the outbreak of bird flu in many parts of the world. The government was doing its best to ensure the public that the poultry was safe to eat. But the public was reluctant. The poultry business was affected and many restaurants faced problems because of this. The government decided to do a live talk show on the National television network, wherein the public can call and talk with the experts to clarify their doubts. The experts appointed by the government were:
The members knew very little about the other members in the group and they did not know how to function as a group. The group had to, therefore, go through all the stages in group formation. So the group was a "zero history group". They had one week’s time and so decided to meet every day before the D-day at 9 in the morning. The first step taken was the exchange of certain information about them or about people close to them such as address, phone, fax and email including their housemates, family, neighbors and friends and also their activities and habits.
A small group is always influenced by the way how the group fits into its content and how the members balance their relationship both within the group and outside the group.
There was a very cordial and supportive relationship among the members. The members were engaged in the following activities:
a) Problem-solving- The members tried to find a way to alleviate the fear for poultry products among the public. Their task was to propagate a message about the safety of poultry products in the country.