The Devil's Advocate: Impacts on Groups Decision Making


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What is the devil's advocate technique?

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1. What is where members try to eliminate discord and agree on a decision even though it might not be the best alternative?

2. What is the major weakness to using the devil's advocate approach?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and corresponding quiz help assess your knowledge of how a devil's advocate impacts group decision making. For you to successfully pass the quiz, you must be familiar with items such as the responsibility of a manager with the criticism from the devil's advocate and the definition of the devil's advocate technique.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these assessment resources to gauge your understanding of:

  • Term defined by members of a group eliminating discord by reaching an agreement even though it may not be the best choice
  • Definition of the devil's advocate technique
  • Weakness of the devil's advocate approach
  • Technique that results in a high quality decision
  • Responsibility of a manager with the devil's advocate's criticism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet set allow you to practice these skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the devil's advocate technique
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the weaknesses of the devil's advocate technique in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the role of a manager when the technique is used

Additional Learning

Learn more by reviewing the corresponding lesson titled The Devil's Advocate: Impacts on Groups Decision Making. This lesson covers these objectives:

  • Define Devil's Advocacy and groupthink
  • Identify the role of a devil's advocate during group decision making
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the devil's advocate technique
  • Discover an example of how the devil's advocate may be used in during a group decision