ERIC Number: ED103945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Conservatism in Group Information Processing Behavior Under Varying Management Information Systems. Paper No. 333.
This paper describes an investigation of the effects of group interaction and consensus on information processing behavior when information is received sequentially or simultaneously by the information processing unit. Responses were compared to the Bayesian norm and further analyzed to determine the extent to which groups differed from individuals in processing information and how information processing behavior was affected by the mode of message transmission. Findings of the study showed that groups processed information more conservatively than "statistical" groups or individuals. Moreover, group conservatism was partially an artifact of the consensus process. In the aggregate, information received sequentially was also processed more conservatively than information received simultaneously. Neither risk attitudes of the information processing units nor perceived data credibility were related to information processing behavior. A number of statistical tables and graphs summarize various findings of the study. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Group Dynamics, Information Processing, Information Utilization, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Management Information Systems, Tables (Data)
Secretary of the Institute Paper Series, Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (Paper No. 333; Free)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Herman C. Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration.
Note: Paper presented at the Research Conference on Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making (3rd, London, England, September 1971)