Purposeful Haze: A Team Project in Organizational Behavior


  • Kristie A. Abston University of West Florida


This paper describes a team project that is used as an experien-tial exercise in an undergraduate organizational behavior course. The project involves teams of 4-5 students creating an original product that reflects their comprehensive understand-ing of the course content. In order to reflect a more realistic workplace scenario, the project instructions are deliberately vague, and students are warned that the grading process is in-herently subjective. At the end of the course, the teams present their project and share their lessons learned from working as a team. The specifics of this experiential exercise as well as the instructor’s lessons learned will be presented along with project examples and anecdotal feedback from the students. Implica-tions for teaching teamwork and creative confidence in a busi-ness or management curriculum are discussed.