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Group CreativityInnovation through Collaboration$
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Paul B. Paulus and Bernard A. Nijstad

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147308.001.0001

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Group Creativity and Collective Choice

Group Creativity and Collective Choice

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Group Creativity

Garold Stasser

Zachary Birchmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the social psychological literature which has addressed the role of discussion and information exchange in group decision making. A dominant theme is that unique information is often useful for identifying good decision options, but groups often overlook unique information and focus on information that they hold in common. The chapter discusses some of the obstacles to effective dissemination of unique information in face-to-face discussions, and considers the implications for identifying good choices among a set of decision options.

Keywords:   group creativity, collective choice, social psychological literature, consensus

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