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M4A 1: Discussion—The Power Of Groups

M4A 1: Discussion—The Power Of Groups

Groups may be both a boon (for example, they statistically outperform individuals) and a bane (for example, they take too long) of decision making. While they can systematically outperform individuals, groups are also prey to systematic bias and organizational skewing.

Consider the systematic decision-making processes of your own organization. Using the readings for this module, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, respond to the following:

  • What are the group decision-making processes and structures in place at your current or with a previous employer that were designed to eliminate bias, create structure, and cultivate consistently better decisions?
  • Were the processes successful? Why, or why not?
  • How may the structure have facilitated organizational skewing?

Write your initial response in a minimum of 300 words. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Initial response:

·         Was insightful, original, accurate, and timely.

·         Was substantive and demonstrated advanced understanding of concepts.

·         Compiled/synthesized theories and concepts drawn from a variety of sources to support statements and conclusions.


Discussion response and participation:

·         Responded to a minimum of two peers in a timely manner.

·         Offered points of view supported by research.

·         Asked challenging questions that promoted the discussion.

·         Drew relationships between one or more points in the discussion.



·         Wrote in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.

·         Responses were error free.

·         Information from sources, where applicable, was paraphrased appropriately and accurately cited.


Total: 40





M4A 1: Discussion—The Power Of Groups