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Bob Wilson of Wilson Bros has asked you to explain stereotypes.As he understands itstereotypes can behelpful or not helpful to individuals and organizations depending on the situation in which astereotype is used.With the assistance of available research from the course and external sources, comment on the above statement, explain your answer and respond to at least two other students' postings.(5 marks)Stereotyping is the perceptual process in which we assign characteristics to an identifiable group and then automatically transfer those features to anyone we believe is a member of that group. (McShane/Tasa/Steen pg. 76). They are a result of incomplete or distorted information accepted as fact without question. Due to the process of overgeneralization within social perception, stereotyping leads to a great deal of inaccuracy in social perception.Most of us are aware of why stereotypes are not helpful. From a negative perspective they make us ignore differences and generalize about people or groups that might not be true.

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