Glossary Term: Groupthink


Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs when a group of people desires harmony or conformity in the group. Often foregoing logic and reason to avoid conflict.

Is groupthink good or bad?

Groupthink is a potentially dangerous phenomenon that can occur in any group but is especially likely to happen in groups that are under pressure to make decisions quickly. This can result in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.


Can groupthink be positive?

In some situations, groupthink can be positive in that it can facilitate decision-making. Often, large groups of people make decision-making more difficult or slow down the process. Groupthink can help projects find completion quickly and efficiently.

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