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(This project calls you're an analysis of your small group and your small groups final project. If you did not participate in the small group you will need to analyze another team or group in which you were a member.)

The CEO read your small groups strategic plan and is very impressed with your suggestions and the speed with which your group developed the plan. He would like more groups within the organization to be as effective and efficient as your group was with this project. In order for other members of management to benefit from your group's experience you are to create an article for the corporate management newsletter that addresses the following questions:

What type of decision making process did your group use to arrive at a consensus decision?

In what ways is the group decision making process different from the individual decision making process?

Did your group avoid or reduce group biases or errors? If yes, how? If no, why not or what happened?
What are the implications of social influence for individuals and organizations?

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Group Decision Making

Introduction
A group is a collection of individuals who are related to one another in a way that makes them interdependent to achieve a common goal. The behavior and performance of groups provide a mechanism for the accomplishment of organizational goals. Group decision making is an activity, which lets the meeting of people with heterogeneous characteristics. These people can understand the problems in a better manner and hence originate creative alternatives leading to effective group performance. In constituting groups, each individual perceives group goals as the personal goals and feels inspired to follow group norms to achieve the goals (Johnson & Johnson, 2000).
Decision making process
The decision making process used by the group is the 'Consensus Technique' with effective use of group cohesiveness (Harris, 1998). The decision making process involves the following steps:
 Identify and specify decision problem and identify decision objectives
 Formulate decision alternatives
 Evaluate the decision ...

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