Accession Number : AD0443182

Title :   AMOUNT OF PARTICIPATION, COALESCENCE, AND PROFITABILITY OF DECISION MAKING DISCUSSIONS,

Corporate Author : PITTSBURGH UNIV PA

Personal Author(s) : Bass, Bernard M.

Report Date : 07 MAY 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : Fifty-one groups of 255 ROTC cadets, varying in motivation and stratification, were examined in groups of 5 as they discussed the correct rankings of the familiarity of words. Measures of time talked, coalescence, and profit from discussion were collected on each of 10 problems solved by each group. Where members were equal in status, much participation was associated with increased decision accuracy, particularly when members were highly motivated; but the converse was true when groups were stratified, paticularly where they were also unmotivated. Coalescence was associated with increased accuracy of decisions in moderately motivated groups, and in unstratified groups. Individual attempts to lead were more likely to be successful where members were motivated and where members varied in status. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION MAKING, GROUP DYNAMICS), SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, MOTIVATION.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE