Classnotes Day 10

Classnotes Day 10 - COM 200 Communication Theory Prof....

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COM 200 Communication Theory Prof. Steven Lemley Spring 2008 2/28/08: GROUP DECISION MAKING Articles of Faith Synergy o A group is going to make a better decision than an individual o The whole is greater than the sum of its parts o Swarm theory (study insect behavior) If you isolate a bee or an ant, they have no purpose or aim, but if you have a bunch together they are very intelligent The incremental actions of insects on one another adds up to a good outcome Human Rationality o The superiority of cognitive activity over affective Role for the marginalized o Superiority of democracy (democratic debate) o Democracy works better because voices that are not powerful or privileged can be heard and considered o Better perspectives and points of view when there are more people (older view) Role for conflict; Irving Janis/ Groupthink o focus on “leader” whose job it is to move group through certain phases in order to get things done o other people value good harmony so much that they don’t want to
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