Characteristics of rational decision-making and ineffective decision-making
Homework Assignment #8 Lesson Five
Instructions: Answer the questions below. Each point value is listed below for a total of 10 points. Your responses must be typed and include the question and your response. You should fully answer each part of the question accurately (based on course content) and thoughtfully (each question should have at least 2-3 complete sentences). Your responses need to be submitted by Thursday at 11:59 pm of our fifth weekof class.
1. Think about an important decision you have made. Perhaps it was about the university to attend, a job to take, a car to buy, or something very important to you. Discuss the characteristics of rational decision-making and ineffective decision-making that were involved in your decision. According to the information on decision making in chapter nine of our text, what is one element you could include in future decisions to avoid ineffective decision making? ( worth 2 points)
2. Watch the video “Would You Fall For That, Group Conformity” (it can be found under the ‘Supplemental Resources’ in Week Five or here After watching the video, answer the following questions:
a. In chapter nine of your text we learn about“Groupthink” and the symptoms of “groupthink” (pages 256-258). What is groupthink? Discuss three symptoms of groupthink. (worth 2 points)
b. After watching the video discuss the symptom of “groupthink” that is reflected in the video. Have you ever experienced something similar happen to you or have you experienced it happen to someone else? ( worth 2 points)
c. Thinking about the symptom of groupthink you saw in the video, why do you think we allow this to happen to ourselves or others allow it to happen to them? Why is it difficult to stand up against the “status quo”? (worth 2 points)
d. Again thinking about the symptom of groupthink discussed above, provide two specific actions group members or leaders could take to insure this does not occur in their groups. (worth 2 points)