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 Award||1983|