Underlying Causes of the Abilene Paradox


 
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Underlying Causes of the Abilene Paradox
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
One of the underlying causes of the Abilene Paradox is CONFORMITY, which refers to behavioral change resulting from real or imagined group pressures. Indeed, such pressures are likely to move groups or individuals in another direction than the one they really desire. Therefore, it is important to get a better understanding of conformity. Conformity basically consists of three levels:
  • COMPLIANCE: this refers to the act of behaving according to the desires of the group – due to social pressures – while personally disagreeing.
  • OBEDIENCE: this refers to behavioral change resulting from pressures from authorities.
  • ACCEPTANCE: this refers to the act of behaving according to group desires AND personally agreeing with this behavior.
All of these 3 levels have in common that there is a coercive effect of group pressures that influence individual behavior; a loss of individual’s distinctiveness in groups.
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