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Ch 14: Group Decision Making: Lesson Plans

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The Group Decision Making chapter of this Organizational Behavior Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach the types of group decision-making techniques in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Group Decision Making: Lesson Plans
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Strengths and Weaknesses of 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.

Group vs. Individual Decision Making: When to Use Each

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

Techniques for Group Decision-Making in Business

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.

Groupthink: Definition & Examples

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.

Group Polarization in Group Decision Making

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.

Team Conflict and the Work Process

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.

The Devil's Advocate: Impacts on Groups Decision Making

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.

Cultural and Ethical Considerations in Group Decision Making

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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