The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management

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Wiley, Jul 15, 1988 - Business & Economics - 150 pages
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Faulty decision-making can have dire consequences, and when it comes to group decisions, the challenges are even greater. Join Dr. Jerry B. Harvey as he clearly illustrates why no organization wants to find themselves goin' to Abilene.
See how group dynamics can keep individuals from stating their true beliefs for fear of isolation and separation, and how that often leads to mismanaged agreement.
You'll learn to recognize the warning signs of risky group dynamics and improve decision-making processes throughout your organization.

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Review: The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management

User Review  - Ko Matsuo - Goodreads

Witty essays pointing to group conformity being a strong motivation force for decision making. Made me ponder how weak we are if we cling to virtues of individualism and freedom, but at the same time ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joel Pruett - Goodreads

Interesting ideas, but full of loose, kitschy metaphors and sensational imagery. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Management of Agreement
13
Organizations as Phrog Farms 3 7
37
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

JERRY B. HARVEY, well-known author of The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management, is a professor of management science at The George Washington University. He has consulted with business, government, various healthcare services, and the nonprofit sector and has published many articles in the fields of organizational behavior and education.

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