Groups form and dissolve for many reasons. New members come (with varying lengths of time elapsing before they are fully accepted by the group), old members go, some members are disciplined (either formally by the organisation or informally by the group), some are expelled and, sometimes, past members re-join. Normally, we might ask why a particular group was formed and why an individual wanted, or was selected, to join it and what the selection or joining criteria were. Here, however, we are concerned with the dynamic small groups or teams which most organisations rely upon. As such, a group that may be of interest to an in-house investigator (including its purpose and joining criteria) will be ‘known’ and already in existence notwithstanding that its membership may occasionally (if not regularly in some industries) change or undergo disruption of the status quo. But, what effect can the various aspects identified here have on one or more individuals and/or the group as a whole?

To get us going, we will first consider Fig. T1. below and…..


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