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University: Wenzhou Medical University
Both the reading passage and the lecture discuss a team working on a project. The professor puts forward three points and then effectively refutes the opinions of the reading passage.
To begin with, the reading passage argues that a group of people will possess a wider range of expertise and skills. However, the professor claims that some team members did not contribute much at all, getting almost a “free ride”. Besides, group members who work hard were not given recognition they should have gotten.
Next, the author of the reading passage believes that people are more responsive to the task and able to devise creative solutions to problems. On the contrary, the professor argues that reaching an agreement among all group members is difficult. Thus, groups needed more time for meetings in order to reach consensus.
Finally, the author states that a team member who has a voice in making decisions feels better. However, the professor thinks that some influential members would have a great impact on group decisions. If they go in the wrong direction, sensible members who try to warn the rest of the group may be ignored. As a result, all members are blamed for the unsuccessful project.