- Paperback: 277 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (July 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395140447
- ISBN-13: 978-0395140444
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Victims of Groupthink: A psychological study of foreign-policy decisions and fiascoes
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Without giving away too much of the plot lines of the book, I would highlight a few concepts that I personally think sell the book.
1) "Secrecy of Information" - Need to know attitudes and the potential downfall associated with it.
2) "The effectiveness trap" - Picking your battles can often result in a lot of stalemates
3) "Newness" - the value of trust, when back-peddling becomes the main mode of operation
4) "Political Calculations" - backing yourself into a corner as a function of the verbiage
Janis has structured the framework of this concept brilliantly. It is applicable for pretty much anyone who must work with others.
A fascinating must read for those that are interested in dynamic group interaction.