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    DB Unit 5

    For this project you will need to do some independent research on group decision dynamics.
    One facet of group behavior that is often overlooked is the concept of "responsibility". 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.

    Post an answer to the following questions:
    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.
    References are to be provided in APA style. APA Format assistance is available using the following:
    IP Unit 5
    (This project calls for 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:

    1. What type of decision making process did your group use to arrive at a consensus decision?
    2. In what ways is the group decision making process different from the individual decision making process?
    3. Did your group avoid or reduce group biases or errors? If yes, how? If no, why not or what happened?
    4. What are the implications of social influence for individuals and organizations?

    Use the AIU Library, internet resources, or course materials to support your argument. Remember to document your sources according to the appropriate style manual.

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    Decision making forms the important part of management. It engages the selection of best action from the available courses of action. The idea generation can take place by an individual but its implementation depends on the entire group. The responsibility for the actions of group lies with every individual in the group, it's not restricted to the person with ideas only. Rationality and commitment is required by entire group for the execution of any action (Luthans, 1998).

    Each individual group member is responsible for the actions of group

    This can be explained by taking an example from Wall-Mart. It has adopted the principle of EDLP (Every Day Low Price). This has been made possible by every individual group members. The idea of EDLP was given by a person from the management but its execution was the result of entire team, hence the responsibility for the actions of the group lies with the each individual group member (Boone & Kurtz, 2006).

    The task of the leader is to guide and motivate the team members but the responsibility of fulfilling the needs and achieving goals lies with the team members. Therefore, person with the ideas should not be held responsible for the actions of groups because alone he/she can not fulfill all the requirements, whether the act is in favor of company/society or not.

    In another example, about forty percent of pesticide was reported in the cold drinks. These drinks are widely accepted among different age groups and used frequently on almost every occasion. So, in this case, the person who gave the thought to incorporate pesticides in such drinks is not only responsible but all those who were concerned with the production and promotion (Luthans, 1998).


    Boone, L.E & Kurtz, D.L., 2006. Contemporary Marketing. Thomson ...

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