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How the Individual’s Groupthink Tendencies can Affect Innovation

Is there a lot of groupthink in libraryland?  I wonder.

How the Individual’s Groupthink Tendencies can Affect Innovation


“Groupthink is one of the main inhibitors of innovation occurring in groups of people. This psychological phenomena happens when the desire for harmony in a decision-making group overrides a more healthy discussion of alternatives. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints. Factors such as group member background, lack of an impartial leader and extreme external threats play into the likelihood of whether or not groupthink will impact the decision-making process.”

“The primary consequence of groupthink is the loss of individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking. Devastating from an innovation perspective.”

“Inviting a new group member to one’s self may not be a very viable solution. Exposing oneself to external triggers is. By continuously doing so and actively exercising the muscle of reflection, we minimize the risk of bringing groupthink to the table when going into group work.”



Posted on: May 20, 2012, 7:07 am Category: Uncategorized

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