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Below is a sample breakdown of the Group Decision Making chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Strengths and weaknesses of group decision making||Benefits such as acceptance of a solution, more knowledge and increased diversity of views; weaknesses such as pressure to conform and ambiguous responsibility|
|Tuesday||Group vs. individual decision making||When to choose individuals instead of teams|
|Wednesday||Decision-making techniques; groupthink||Discussion of techniques including computer-aided decision-making, brainstorming, consensus, interacting, nominal and the Delphi method; meaning of groupthink concept and examples|
|Thursday||Group decision making and team conflict||Concept of group polarization/groupshift; reasons for workplace conflict|
|Friday||Playing devil's advocate; cultural/ethical considerations||Explanation of how playing devil's advocate is used in group decision making; cultural and ethical matters that factor into group decision making|
1. Strengths and Weaknesses of Group Decision Making
Group decision making is when a group of individuals tackle a problem together to achieve a solution. There are both strengths and weaknesses to this type of organizational decision making.
2. Group vs. Individual Decision Making: When to Use Each
At times an individual makes a decision, and at other times a group makes the decision. In this lesson, we will look at the issues surrounding group versus individual decisions
3. Techniques for Group Decision-Making in Business
Group decision-making is where a group of individuals are brought together in hopes of determining a solution to a problem. The three types of group decision making are nominal, Delphi technique and brainstorming.
4. Groupthink: Definition & Examples
Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.
5. Group Polarization in Group Decision Making
Group polarization focuses on how groups usually make decisions that are more extreme than the original thoughts and views of the individual team members. There are two main reasons why group polarization happens within an organization.
6. Team Conflict and the Work Process
Conflict is inevitable in groups, which is why managers must understand it. In this lesson you will learn about the reasons why teams may encounter conflict while working together.
7. The Devil's Advocate: Impacts on Groups Decision Making
The devil's advocacy decision-making technique is where the group is allowed to become the critic in the proposed decision. This technique helps prevent groupthink and increases the chance of a high-quality decision.
8. Cultural and Ethical Considerations in Group Decision Making
Culture and ethics impact how groups interact and, thus, how they make decisions. In this lesson, we will talk about culture and ethics in a group setting.
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