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Bazerman phenomena as mechanisms of organizational self-deception

"To thine own self be true" The familiar words offered to Laertes by his father Polonious in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" also apply within our organizations. Perhaps one of the reasons for the poor performance of most mergers is the tendency of organizational actors to hide from the truth. Bazerman sites two phenomena, positive illusions and self-serving reasoning, as mechanisms of organizational self-deception. How have you observed these elements of decision making bias within your organizations? For example, have you observed the influence of positive illusions or self-serving reasoning in project proposals or resource deployment (investments)?

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I would suggest that positive illusions and self-serving reasoning takes place more often than not in large organizations. To give you an example, I work for a large organization within a Department of Defense agency. We recently implemented a ...

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Often organizations are faced with positive illusions and self-serving reasoning, as a mechanism of organizational self-deception. Does thei phenomena actually take place? This solution provides a discussion on this phenomena to include providing a real world example.