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Group Dynamics in Strategic Decision Making - Chapter Summary
Decisions in most organizations are made by groups of people, but what happens if group members don't get along? In this chapter you will go over the concept of group dynamics, especially in relation to how different group dynamics may seriously help or hinder the decision-making process. Thanks to our online platform, you can learn about this business topic whenever it fits your schedule. Even if you can't study at home, all you need is an Internet-ready device to learn about topics like group cohesion, nominal decision making strategies, and decision-making technology for groups. With so many Wi-Fi locations available, you can get up to speed with this topic at coffee shops, at stores, or even on the bus. After you complete the chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Describe the models and process of decision making
- Identify the advantages and disadvantages of group decision making
- Analyze some of the common group decision making techniques
- Define the effects of group polarization in the decision making process
- Examine and discuss the impact of groupthink
- Explain ethical and cultural considerations for group decision making
- Point out the applications for group decision support systems (GDSS)
- Assess the function of the common sense approach for team problem solving
- Measure the usefulness of playing devils' advocate during group decision making
- Summarize strategies high-performing teams use for problem solving
1. Decision Making: Process & Models
Have you noticed that some groups seem to work very well together when making decisions, and others seem unable to make decisions? This lesson discusses the process of making group decisions and various models associated with making decisions.
2. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS): Improving the Group-Decision-Making Environment
A Group Decision Support System, or GDSS, consists of interactive software that allows for making decisions by a group of participants. Learn about some of the tools used in a GDSS.
7. The Common Sense Approach to Team Problem Solving
A successful team works together to achieve a common goal. During this process, teams need to resolve problems together. This lesson will address the common sense approach to team problem solving.
8. 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.
9. Problem Solving in High-Performing Teams
In this lesson, you'll see how high-performing teams solve problems and learn what makes a good team member. You'll see how they work together and how they solve any personal differences they have with each other.
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- Strategic Thinking in Making Business Decisions
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- Statistical Tools for Decision Making
- Quantitative Tools for Decision Making
- Financial Data for Strategic Decision Making
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- Strategic Decision Making for Managers
- Decision Making in International Businesses
- Analyzing Business Decisions
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