Abilene Paradox, The

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Abilene Paradox, The

  • 1984 ----- color ----- 28 min ----- withdrawn -----
  • Group agreement can be as detrimental as disagreement when it is mismanaged--when individuals acquiesce without raising objections or reservations to others in the group. Developed by Dr. Jerry B. Harvey, Professor of Management Science, George Washington University, the Abilene Paradox is the result of three psychological principles, action anxiety, negative fantasy and fear of separation. When all three principles are at work, bad decisions are inevitable.
  • Topics: (Business Administration, Management)