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Excutive Summary Group dynamics at Excellence magazine one of the leading publications in Nigeria have been soured by competing ideologies The magazines publisher George Mba has become increasingly critical and dominant in recent times As a result George came into direct conflict with Excellences liberal editor Charlotte Demuren Charlotte has since been dismissed but the tension created by the conflict between she and George has had a significant and detrimental impact upon member satisfaction and group performance throughout the organisation This paper examines the nature of group dynamics as it operates within and between the formal and informal groups at Excellence It finds that member satisfaction and group performance must be understood in the context of the organisation which is being examined rather than as absolute states Furthermore the paper describes actions which could be taken to remedy member satisfaction and group performance at Excellence Content 1Case Description4 2Introduction to Group Dynamics5 21Historical Context5 22Definitions of Group Dynamics5 3Defining Groups6 31Formal Groups6 311Model of the Formal Groups at Excellence6 32Informal Groups7 321Model of Informal Groups at Excellence7 4Group dynamics before and after8 41Group dynamics before Georges interference8 42Group dynamics during Georges interference8 5Problems and Causes9 51Journalistic culture at Excellence9 52Defining the problem9 53How leadership style affects member satisfaction and group performance10 6Solution and Implementation11 7Appendix14 8References15 1Case Description In 1987 the concept of Excellence magazine was envisioned by Charlotte Demuren She quickly convinced a group of four investors to provide capital for start-up and after organising newsroom staff and workers began publication The magazine quickly became the leading weekly publication in Nigeria Excellence established a reputation as a hard-hitting frequently controversial human interest magazine Initially the magazines contents reflected the full dynamism of the writers in its ranks However as Excellence gained popularity and political clout the chairman of the board and the magazines publisher George Mba infringed upon the editorial independence of staff badly damaging
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