Teamthink: Beyond the groupthink syndrome in self-managing work teams

Charles C. Manz, Christopher Neck

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Abstract

Self-managing teams have been credited with many positive payoffs. These include increased quality, productivity, employee quality of work life, and decreases in absenteeism and turnover. Significant attention has been devoted to the actual benefits derived from these group applications. What is typically lacking is exploration of the road-blocks to self-managed team success. Examines an important challenge to SMT success - the threats that groups face when making decisions. Notable evidence indicates that cohesive groups (such as self-managing teams) tend to create internal pressures towards conformity that interfere with constructive critical analysis and ultimately lead to dysfunctional decisions. The term groupthink has been coined for this process that threatens effective group decision making. Addresses this challenge in some detail. In particular, proposes a new effective group condition - teamthink - a group decisionmaking process that enables groups to make effective decisions while avoiding the pitfalls of groupthink.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-15
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Decision Making
Absenteeism
Group Processes
Quality of Life
Efficiency
Pressure
Self-managing teams
Work teams
Groupthink
Group decision making
Turnover
Employee productivity
Decision-making process
Quality of work life
Threat
Roads
Conformity
Decision making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Teamthink : Beyond the groupthink syndrome in self-managing work teams. / Manz, Charles C.; Neck, Christopher.

In: Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 10, No. 1, 01.02.1995, p. 7-15.

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