This lesson will explain the concept of groupthink and describe one of the most famous examples of groupthink - the space shuttle challenger disaster groupthink explained groupthink occurs when a group makes faulty or ineffective decisions for the sake of reaching a consensus groupthink stifles individual creativity and independent thinking in group members. Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon whereby pressure within a group to agree results in failures to think critically about an issue, situation or decision how it works (example): let's say john, jane, and jeff are fund managers for the xyz mutual fund company.
Groupthink is a term coined by irving janis in 1972 he was a social physiologist who coined the term as a negative feature of people in groups according to him, group pressures lead to deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment. A classic example of groupthink was the decision making process that lead to the bay of pigs invasion, whereby the us administration looked to overthrow fidel castro in this instance president kennedy made the decision, and through the strength of his character the rest of the team supported him despite having their private concerns.
Video: groupthink: definition & examples some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make this lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the challenger explosion as an example. Groupthink | examples & avoidance groupthink occurs in groups when individual thinking or individual creativity is lost or subverted to stay within the comfort zone of the consensus view people’s common sense and ability to perform problem solving, make good decisions, and raise unpopular views are overridden by the desire for group consensus. Groupthink research is highly subjective, and researchers who observe group decision making often disagree on when or why groupthink occurs some of the studies done have lead to conflicting conclusions about which factors are most predictive of groupthink.
Groupthink can be a phenomenon when a small grouping of people get together and commence to think jointly with one brain the group is more focused on maintaining unity as compared to with objectively considering their situation, choices and optio. Other famous examples of groupthink can be found throughout history in 1961, president john f kennedy approved a cia plan to invade cuba and overthrow its leader, fidel castro kennedy’s belief in the infallibility of the mission and its organizers resulted in troops being inadequately equipped for combat.
Examples of groupthink include the jerry sandusky case at penn state university and the war in iraq groupthink is often characterized by the dehumanization of victims, a sense of invulnerability and an immoral, unethical or irrational decision making. Other famous examples of groupthink can be found throughout history in 1961, president john f kennedy approved a cia plan to invade cuba and overthrow its leader, fidel castro. Groupthink examples in business the flying bank is one of the prime entrepreneurial examples of groupthink in business this refers to the collapse of swissair, a swiss airline company that believed itself to be so financially stable that it became known as the flying bank.