Background Note | HBS Case Collection | August 2006 (Revised March 2007)

Developing an Effective Living Group in the General Management Program

by Michael Beer and John J. Gabarro


Discusses the importance of living room groups (eight participants who share a living room) at Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program developing into effective learning groups. The diversity of the groups is a strength, but only a conscious and concerted effort of group development can harness that strength. Outlines five steps in group development each team must take. Suggests that action learning, the skill the learning group must master to become effective, is also essential in their back-home organizations, given global competition and efficient markets.

Keywords: Groups and Teams;


Beer, Michael, and John J. Gabarro. "Developing an Effective Living Group in the General Management Program." Harvard Business School Background Note 407-022, August 2006. (Revised March 2007.)