The Abilene Paradox The Management Of Agreement

[3] The name of the phenomenon comes from an anecdote used by Harvey in the article to illustrate the paradox: Ronald Sims writes that Abilene`s paradox is similar to groupthing, but differs significantly, including that individuals in groupthrough do not act against their conscious desires and generally feel good about decisions, that touched the group. [4] According to Sims, in the Abilene paradox, individuals who act against their own desires rather have negative feelings about the outcome. According to Sims, groupthing is a psychological phenomenon that influences clarity of thought, but in the Abilene paradox, thought is not affected. [5] Theory is often used to explain extremely bad group decisions, especially ideas about the superiority of “committee domination.”