The primary problem of Christine and her other team members is the social loafing of the team member Mike. He is clearly missing most of the meeting nor completing the assignments fully. His personal obstacles are definitely unproductive to the team. In the group meetings, Christine is discussing his designated sections of the project. A secondary problem with the team is there appear to be no clearly defined guidelines or expectations for the group. It appears that Christine communicate with the team about meetings before class to discuss the day's case. However, none of the team members are committing to this time for discussing the case. In both times where the team met they are having lighthearted conversation and not focusing on the project. It appears that Christine is not being an effective leader by not refocusing the team on this time for discussing the day case before class. The case does not state what the other team member's roles and expectations were. However, If Christine had given some clearly defined roles, expectations, and shared the goal for the team. The team could be navigating through the stages of team development better. Christine should have evaluated her team members a little more after the initial forming stage of the team. Then she should have come up with a timeline schedule of when certain designated sections of the project would be due. Then, she would divide the assignments among her team based on each team members strength and weakness. Therefore she would have a more accurate assessment of who could handle what assignments.
The first problem that needs to be solved is the social loafing of team member Mike. My first suggestion is for Christine and team members to decide if the unproductive behavior of Mike really unproductive. Is the behavior interfering with the team completing assignments? Is the team not able to reach a consensus? Once, the behavior has been determined as an unproductive. Then it needs to be address