Letterman or Leno: A groupthink analysis of successive decisions made by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

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Abstract

Utilizes the groupthink framework to analyse successive decisions made by the same group of senior executives of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). These decisions related to NBC’s flagship late-night television show, The Tonight Show. Based on this analysis, presents an enhanced groupthink framework that attempts to highlight why defective decision making occurred in one decision-making situation but not in another consecutive decision. Concludes that the answer lies in the presence of group isolation from qualifed experts and the specific leaders’ behaviours of stating a preferred decision choice and not encouraging member opinions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Broadcasting
  • Decision making
  • Group think
  • Leadership
  • Television

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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