One of the
biggest complaints among managers is the huge amount of time they have
to spend in meetings. Ideally the purpose of meetings is to put
everyone’s heads together to solve a problem or make a decision. But far
too often they can lead to unproductive, time-wasting conversations and
For this assignment, think about some recent
meetings you’ve attended where a significant decision had to be made.
Think carefully about how some of the problems regarding group decision
making that were discussed in the background readings apply to what
you’ve experienced. Then write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the
- Are all voices equally heard, or are some
people afraid to speak up? Are participants in the meeting afraid to
contradict senior management?
- Is time spent at the meetings productive, or is a lot of time wasted?
the decisions that are made solid ones? Or do they suffer from problems
mentioned in the background materials such as groupthink?
- Are ideas expressed at meetings creative and original, or are original ideas discouraged?
on what you’ve described in Questions 1–4 above, what kind of group
decision-making process would you recommend be used in meetings you
attend? Base your answer on readings from the background materials such
as Rao (2009), Bolland and Fletcher (2012), and Sims (2002).