Group-Think - Cohesion is good - too much cohesion is bad....

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March 17, 2008 Group-think • A way of deliberating that group members use when the desire for unanimity overrides their motivation to assess all available plans of action. Assumptions that Guide the Theory: • Group problem solving is primarily a unified process • Groups and group decision making are frequently complex • Group members must be aware of the alternatives available to them • Must understand fellow group members • Deal with different influences including age, size of group, sex, intelligence, leadership styles, etc. • Operate knowing they'll be judged by others • Homogeneity - group members have some kind of similar characteristic as a group • Three Cohesiveness - work-together-ability: the glue that holds the group together
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Unformatted text preview: Cohesion is good - too much cohesion is bad. Conditions of Group-think: High cohesiveness Specific characteristics of the environment in which the group functions Stressful internal and external characteristics Group insulation (closed system) Lack of impartial leadership Lack of decision-making procedures Stress on group - internal and external Symptoms of Group-think: Overestimation of group Illusion of invulnerability Belief in the inherent morality of the group Closed-mindedness Out group stereotypes Collective rationalization Pressure towards uniformity Self-censorship Illusion of unanimity Self-appointed mindguards Pressure on dissenters...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course COM 111 taught by Professor Hallsten during the Spring '08 term at Illinois State.

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