Small Groups Essay

1481 Words Oct 18th, 2013 6 Pages
In the essays, “Committees, Juries, and Teams: The Columbia Disaster and How Small Groups Can Be Made to Work,” and “The Hive” shows the ways to properly run a small group and how to get the correct and best results. The two essays also say what to avoid when working in a small group; for example how to avoid group polarization and why that is detrimental to small groups. The essay by James Surowiecki also explains to avoid a type of dictator in the small group, someone who is the main mouthpiece to the group and why that is a negative aspect to have in a small group. The two essays show the pros and cons of working in small groups, both authors show that if the people with in the group do not work properly together the outcome the …show more content…
Individuals in the small group might have a different opinion then what they are stating. Usually people do this because of the social comparison factor. Individuals are afraid to state what they think because it would be going against the norm or the group. What can help this problem in small groups is to allow everyone in the group to voice their own opinion. So that every individual can state their personal opinion on the topic, which in turn takes away the group polarization and lets the group think logically. This helps the group see all sides of the situation and not just the extreme sides. It also allows for people to think for themselves and not worry about what the other people in the group think about their answer. Another aspect that needs to happen in every small group is cognitive diversity. Surowieki makes a reference to the NASA MMT group, how in the 1960s even though everyone looked the same, all of the people from the MMT group were from different backgrounds, different jobs, which gave the diversity of thinking, how to do something right. “This seems hard to believe, since every engineer at Mission Control in late 1960s had the same crew and wore the

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