Some aspects of group decision making.

  • P. G. Cumberlidge

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


We present the results of a research programme that examined certain aspects of group decision behaviour. Specifically, we have identified some dimensions of strategic and non-strategic interaction and considered the importance of both group and individual-oriented purpose as explanatory concepts. The research indicates that certain 'political' models over-stress the importance of self-interest motives in organisational group decision-making and under-rate the importance of bureaucratic interpretations of purpose. The findings also show that much group decision-making is characterised by 'non-purpose', when the participants may be indifferent to the possible outcomes of the process.
Date of Award1983
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath

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