Definition of Groupthink
(noun) In a group, the tendency for individuals to uncritically agree to any decisions due to conformity.
- American English – /grOOp-thingk/
- British English – /grOOp-thingk/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English: /ˈɡɹupˌθɪŋk/
- British English: /ˈgɹuːpθɪŋk/
- Variant spellings:
- group think
- Also called:
- group think theory
- herding (more commonly used in economics)
- “Bureaucracies generally reward compliance, not defiance. In bureaucratic settings, one does not typically advance by being the defiant, rugged, and fiercely independent individualist of American folklore, but by going along to get along, being a team player, following the rules and procedures, and slowly climbing the bureaucratic ladder one step at a time” (McNamee and Miller 2013:171–72).
- Word origin of “groupthink” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Cite the Definition of Groupthink
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “groupthink.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/groupthink/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
groupthink. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/groupthink/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “groupthink.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/groupthink/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“groupthink.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/groupthink/>.