Dr. Irving Janis introduced the concept of "groupthink" by asking and then answering these questions: How do groups really make decisions? What drives groups to agree to a plan despite the inner reservations of some, or even all, participants? Why do group decisions sometimes result in monumental error?

Through a dynamic reenactment of events leading up to the Challenger disaster, this course provides a fascinating overview of groupthink and the role it may have played in the decision to launch Challenger despite compelling reasons not to do so.

The course outlines the eight symptoms of groupthink and strategies for avoiding it. Other historic events are used in discussion of the phenomenon, including the Bay of Pigs invasion, Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • Shows how groupthink happens
  • Teaches leaders steps for preventing groupthink
  • Helps groups make more effective decisions

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