Delta State University
Spring Semester 2003
Henslin Text, Chapter 5
(1) What is the
difference between a group, an aggregate and a category?
(2) Provide a
definition for the following types of groups:
the concept of secondary groups by (a) distinguishing it from primary groups,
and (b) providing examples of secondary groups and explaining their structure.
(4) Apply the
concept of the “iron law of oligarchy” to explain the difference between
in-groups and out-groups.
(5) Max Weber
suggested bureaucracies are formal organizations with specific structures.
Identify and explain five characteristics of bureaucracies, according to
suggests that once groups are formed, they tend to perpetuate themselves.
Describe some reasons why this is so, and some mechanisms through which
(7) Georg Simmel
studied small groups, and proposed that groups larger than dyads are inherently
(8) How might
leadership style affect an organization? For
each of the following, provide an example of how this leadership style might
affect a group in a positive manner, and how it might affect a group in a
(a) Authoritarian leader
(b) Democratic leader
(c) Laissez-faire leader
(9) A general theme in this chapter
is that larger groups tend to be more formalized.
What does this mean and why is this so?