What is the minimal and maximal number of participants per Nucleus?
A Nucleus should
This minimum and
maximum number of participants relates to the efficiency of group work:
When the Nucleus
has less than 12 members it is difficult for the counsellor to reach a
sufficient auto dynamic in the group:
Few contributions, experiences, know-how and ideas
limit a positive outcome from the group work;
Already one or two “disrupting” members can have a
negative impact on the performance of the group;
The probability that a member will dominate the group
Not all members will always participate in a meeting.
It is not fun, either for the entrepreneurs or for the counsellor,
to have a meeting with less than eight participants;
Considering the costs of a Nucleus (counsellor,
communication, administration, use of equipment, room, energy, etc.)
the costs per participant are increasingly high.
To start a new
Nucleus with eight to ten entrepreneurs never proved to be a problem.
But the number should be increased to 12 or more as fast as possible.
When the Nucleus
has more than 20 members its efficiency decreases:
It is more difficult to work with visualisation
More members do not have the opportunity to present
their ideas and proposals. Therefore, the probability increases that
they participate only passively and not actively which leads to a
loss of the spirit of the Nucleus work;
Scientific researchers confirmed that groups of up to
20 members work best because they understand themselves as a unit.
With more members groups tend to fall apart in fractions leading to
a decrease of the group efficiency;
Bigger Nuclei may gain the idea to leave the chamber
in order to create an own association. But associations with up to
50 members normally are not able to professionalize and they remain
inefficient (few financial resources, no qualified staff). In all
known cases from Brazil and Sri Lanka, when due to conflicts the
Nucleus entrepreneurs quit the chamber and started their own
association they failed. In the end, they had neither the services
of an association nor from a chamber.
what to do when a Nucleus is
getting more than 20 members?
14/12/2008 - MueGlo / Jairo / Simone / Amina