The Abiline Paradox: The Management of Agreement


The Abilene paradox is a paradox in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group. It involves a common breakdown of group communication in which each member mistakenly believes that their own preferences are counter to the group's and, therefore, does not raise objections.
Source: Jerry B. Harvey, Organizational Dynamics, 1974

Subjects: Article Summaries, Organizational Behavior
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