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Understanding the Abilene paradox

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Welcome to Practical Analyst, a site specializing in practical insight for business analysts and project professionals. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or follow me on Twitter . Thanks for stopping by! We’ve all been there. You don’t agree at all with a decision being made, but you fear that you are in the minority – if not the only one – in disagreement. Instead of prolonging debate, and risking raising the ire of others in the group, you concede. Instead of expressing your true thoughts on the matter, you feign agreement without consideration for the future ...
process that not only seeks the agreement of most participants, but also the resolution or mitigation of minority objections. Consensus is usually defined as meaning both general agreement and the process of getting to such agreement. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned primarily with that process. While not as common as other decision-making procedures, such as the parliamentary procedure explained in Robert's Rules of Order , consensus is used by a wide variety of groups, from the theological such as the Quakers , to economic including the Dutch Polder Model , to historical like the Hanseatic League , to political ...
Avoid the Abilene Paradox | Tyner Blain
An excellent article by Jonathan Babcock raises a thought provoking idea. When gathering requirements, we can end up with requirements that no one actually wants, because everyone thought someone else wanted it. This is apparently known as the Abilene Paradox, a term coined by Jerry Harvey. We can apply our insights into stakeholders and traceability to prevent it. Jonathan quotes Harvey in his article . Go check it out, we’ll wait here for you. What? You didn’t go check it out? Here’s how Jonathan sums it up: The heart of Harvey’s message, in my view, may be summed up in the following points: While the ... market research, surveys and trends
Unhelpful Co-Workers? Abilene Paradox
honored his Texas roots when he named this phenomenon. The group dynamic is perhaps the most relevant to understanding why bullies can be witnessed by so many people and still get away with it. Imagine a committee of bright people making a stupid decision. We know from talking with each person alone that each and every one of them thinks it’s a stupid thing to do. When the committee votes, however, they choose to do the stupid thing! Later, usually much later, when the decision backfires, the committee tears itself apart in its search for a culprit. The group desperately needs someone or something to blame, long after the ... market research, surveys and trends


Groupthink: Definition and additional resources from BNET
a phenomenon that occurs during decision making or problem solving when a team's desire to reach an agreement overrides its ability to appraise the problem properly. It is similar to the Abilene paradox in that it is based on people's desire to conform and please others. #a process of reasoning or decision-making by a group, especially one characterized by uncritical acceptance or conformity to a perceived majority view Ex:Quotation Ex::2005: "This gang-bang speaks more to journalistic '''groupthink''' than to any real moral or legal reasoning." - Jacob Weisberg, ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Knowledge And Theory Development In Public Administration: The ...
The purpose of doctoral education and research in public administration might seem almost self-evident. If public administration were thought of like most other social science disciplines, the traditional purpose of the doctorate - the development and dissemination of knowledge relevant to the field and preparation of the professoriate - would hold for public administration as well. Most academics in public administration may continue to think of the doctorate in our field in precisely that way. However, the evidence simply does not support this view. Indeed, the public administration doctorate appears to advance knowledge and ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Obama admin. to file suit against AZ immigration law
The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's tough new law targeting illegal immigrants. The planned lawsuit was confirmed to The Associated Press by a Justice Department official with knowledge of the plans. The official didn't want to be identified before a public announcement planned for later Tuesday. The lawsuit will argue that Arizona's new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws, like traffic stops, usurps federal authority. Tuesday's action has been expected for weeks. market trends, news research and surveys resources


The Abilene Paradox: The Management of Agreement
Understanding the dynamics of the Abilene. Paradox also requires a “ reorientation” in think- ing about concepts such as “group tyranny”— the loss of the ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Organizational Silence and Hidden Threats to Patient Safety
Address correspondence to Kerm Henriksen, Ph.D., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Elizabeth Dayton, M.A., is with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Organizational silence refers to a collective-level phenomenon of saying or doing very little in response to significant problems that face an organization. The paper focuses on some of the less obvious factors contributing to organizational silence that can serve as threats to patient safety. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Title: The Abilene Paradox, 2 Editon Production Company: CRM ...
The “Abilene Paradox” is when groups of people take actions and contradictions ... The video demonstrates how the Abilene Paradox may apply to corporations, ...
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What are 5 examples of a paradox? - Yahoo! Answers
A paradox is a statement that appears to contradict itself, but it has been used to refer to problem or thought experiment that seems to present a conclusion that differs from what would be expected following traditionally accepted laws. Sometimes a paradox has a resolution, i.e., the reason for the apparent contradiction is understood and the true answer has been determined. Mathematical paradoxes usually only appear to be a paradox, but usually have a resolution. Zeno's paradox (or was it Xeno, I can't remember) was a problem for ancient mathematicians but the problem is now understood. Logical paradoxes ...