Textbook Notes (363,294)
Canada (158,311)
Commerce (580)
COMM 151 (54)

Week 8 Notes

1 Page
Unlock Document

Queen's University
COMM 151
Christopher Miners

Week 8 Notes - Group Decision Making Why Use Groups? – Assumptions  They’re more vigilant with more people scanning the environment  More generation of ideas, and different perspectives  Better evaluation of ideas extreme ideas should be offset by the rest of the group  People are more accepting of decisions they took part in and more committed to it  Diffusion of Responsibility: ability of group members to share the blame, or pass it off to someone else Groups Make Higher Quality Decisions  Generally outperform individuals, if: o There’s a diverse skill set (non-conflicting) o Division of labour o Historical data properly used o Individual judgement combined and weighted according to expertise Disadvantages  Time: discussion, debate, and coordination is a lengthy process with many individuals  Conflict: when personal motives are involved the best overall decision, may not be chosen  Domination: defeats the purpose of group decision making, low acceptance  Groupthink: capacity for group pressure to damage the mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgement of decision-making groups  Syndromes of groupthink include: o Illusion of invulnerability o Rationalization o Illusion of morality o Stereotypes of outsiders o Pressure for conformity o Self-censorship o Illusion of unanimity o Mindguards How do Groups Handle Risk?  Risky Shift: tendency for groups to advocate riskier decisions than the average risk level chosen by indiv
More Less

Related notes for COMM 151

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.