2060 Remainder of Teams Lecture for Feb 11

2060 Remainder of Teams Lecture for Feb 11 - GroupProcesses:

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Group Processes:  Thursday, Feb 11, 2010
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Groupthink: The Danger of Cohesion Definition   (Janis, 1972) A mode of thinking that people engage in  when they are deeply involved in a  cohesive in-group,  when members’ striving  for  unanimity  overrides their motivation to  realistically appraise alternative courses of  action.
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Groupthink The fundamental cause of groupthink is  pressure to agree  with other members of  the group: - Members want to maintain a sense of           uniformity and agreement - Members do not want to be ostracized
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Groupthink What kinds of groups create pressure to agree? - Directive leaders (e.g., leaders express own                 opinion first) - Highly cohesive groups (members really want        to remain part of the group)  - High stress (e.g., group is facing a threat)
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Groupthink These qualities are common in very  important groups (e.g., groups of advisors  to political leaders, CEOS): - leader is often directive - group is prestigious and members    really want to remain in group - group may face stress and threat
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Walkerton Water Tragedy:  Groupthink? May, 2000:  Walkerton (population 4,800)
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