Accession Number : AD0615199

Title :   LEADERSHIP IN SMALL GROUPS: A MATHEMATICAL APPROACH,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Binder,Arnold ; wolin,Burton R. ; Terebinski,Stanley J.

Report Date : 26 DEC 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The broad purpose of this research was the investigation of the relationship between decision-making success and the likelihood of being voted 'leader' (group decision maker) of a 3-man group. Markov models, based on extensions of concepts used in mathematical learning theory, provided the theoretical framework. Each trial of the experiment began with the selection of a leader by group vote, and ended after the designated leader made a decision for the group. Obtained and predicted results were compared for voting shifts, asymptotic leadership and state proportions, and learning trends. 5 different reinforcement groups were run and in only 1 of these groups were there major discrepancies between actual and expected results. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LEADERSHIP, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), (*MATHEMATICAL MODELS, LEADERSHIP), EXPERIMENTAL DATA, GROUP DYNAMICS, DECISION MAKING, STATISTICAL PROCESSES, STUDENTS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE