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The Social Side of Decision Making

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For this project you will need to do some independent research (library or on the internet) on group decision dynamics.

Group polarization, groupthink, conformity, and other group decision concepts we've learned about and researched, help us understand the sway that others, particularly group leaders, can have on groups. However, one facet of group behavior that is often overlooked is the concept of "responsibility."

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If people can be persuaded by the ideas of another person, in your opinion who ultimately holds responsibility for the actions of the group: The person with the ideas OR each individual group member? Make sure you provide information to explain how you arrived at your conclusion AND provide an example in your support.

Reference information for this study assignment is chapter 17-18
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING (PLOUS). Insight into this study material is very important and appreciated. Instructor evaluates points of DB thoroughly, how they are written, and where they pull together.

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// Before explaining the group influences in decision making; it is essential to understand the concept of 'decision making'. This section discusses that how important decision making is, for a person. Decisions taken by people influence their lives in a number of ways. This is an introductory part of the paper, which will assist in forming a base for the rest of the paper://


The development of the society, organization and an individual is mainly dependent upon the effective decision making process. The process of decision making engages the selection of best alternative among various courses of action. The generation of the various ideas and solutions to solve the problems is the responsibility of all the members in the group. An individual is one of the important parts of the society, so they are individually responsible for their course of action whether, they are influenced by the group leader or not. In a social state of affair in every society, the main constituent of the society is a leader. A leader is the person who motivates the group members to find out reasonable and suitable solutions for a particular problem (Rick, 2004). Different personalities state different views regarding the responsibility ...

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The response addresses the queries posted in 609 words with references.