Are We Bonding Yet? Using a Mixed Methods Survey Design to Evaluate Team-building Exercise Outcomes
This exploratory research uses a mixed methods survey design to evaluate business students’ attitudes following participation in a team-building exercise. Qualitative results identify themes related to student perceptions of the exercise, including those that address team needs associated with Tuckman’s forming stage of team development. Additionally, quantitative results indicate the relative effectiveness of the exercise in achieving the instructor’s goals for the exercise. Based on the study’s findings, the authors discuss the utility of adopting a mixed methods survey strategy for evaluating team-building exercise outcomes and offer suggestions for instructor implementation.
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