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What is "groupthink" and what symptoms of it are displayed during the problem solving process?  
According to the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia (at http://en.wikipedia.org), “Groupthink is a term coined by psychologist Irving Janis in 1972 to describe one process by which a group can make bad or irrational decisions. In a groupthink situation, each member of the group attempts to conform his or her opinions to what they believe to be the consensus of the group. This results in a situation in which the group ultimately agrees on an action which each member might normally consider to be unwise.” Some symptoms of groupthink include: group members collectively rationalizing poor decisions; members ignoring obvious danger signs and taking extreme risk when making decisions; members pressuring others in the group into conformity under the pretense that they are disloyal; members assume shared stereotypes of rival groups; etc. Groupthink can, therefore, have a negative impact on the problem solving process because it results in poorly evaluated problems and less than optimal results.
Keywords: Leadership, Problem solving

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