Group Creativity and Collective Choice

Garold Stasser and Zachary Birchmeier

in Group Creativity

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195147308
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893720 | DOI:
Group Creativity and Collective Choice

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This chapter reviews the social psychological literature which has addressed the role of discussion and information exchange in group decision making. A dominant theme is that unique information is often useful for identifying good decision options, but groups often overlook unique information and focus on information that they hold in common. The chapter discusses some of the obstacles to effective dissemination of unique information in face-to-face discussions, and considers the implications for identifying good choices among a set of decision options.

Keywords: group creativity; collective choice; social psychological literature; consensus

Chapter.  11241 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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