Research: We Trust Our Coworkers, But Should We?

Turns out, a lot of us view our coworkers equally regardless of competence. And, we seem to still value the opinion of our incompetent coworkers, including them in consensus business decision making. These are, at least, the results of a recent study Peter Smith discussed in today's Plus article, "Should CPOs Use Consensus Decision Making? Not Necessarily, Says Latest Research."

Peter writes:

"The headline finding from the study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is that people tend to regard the views of other members in a group equally, regardless of competence. This 'equality bias' then prevents them from making optimum decisions as a group."

Check out the full article here to read more detailed results from the study, and why consensus decision making just doesn't work for procurement organizations.

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