Group Think Scenario

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The scenario is a group of ten adults at the Department of Public Works who have been chosen, via a drawing in their city, to enter a contest where they may compete in a citywide. The contestants are vying for best float in the Mardi Gras parade being held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The winners of the contest will have $25,000 donated to the company, an all-expense paid trip to the destination of their choice and bragging rights. The ages of the members in this group do not vary much; from the ages of 35 years old to 42 years old. The genders are 6 male and 4 female. There are certain requirements that have to be met in order participate as a member of the float committee. A. Must be over the age of 17.B. Must be a resident of Louisiana. C. Must have a high school education or equivalent and D. Must be an actively full-time or part-time employee of the Department of Public Works. All of the float committee members have met the requirements to be a part of the team that will design a float that could possibly be a winner in the annual parade. The team has 2 months in order to execute a plan for a float. This is the same team that have entered and won 4 years in a row. This group is very homogenous and will not divert from its previous plan. They do not listen to outside opinions or associate themselves with anyone who may have different ideas from the previous years. They have years of experience in this regard and several of them have worked for this company since graduating high school.

The group basically has a mutual understanding. There is an underlying silent code that is never questioned by anyone. The members all have their own views but choose to accept the views of the group leader in order to keep with the group conscience. All of the committee members know each other, they are all from the same social background, and have the commonality of sharing the same kind of ideology. This group homogeneity is an example of groupthink. No one in the group...
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