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Scrutinizing Polythink, tool for Strategic Thinking.

222polythinkWhy do presidents and their advisors often make sub-optional decisions on military interventions, escalation, de-escalation and termination of conflicts? The leading concept of group dynamics, groupthink, offers one explanation: policy- making groups make sub-optional decisions due to their desire for conformity and uniformity over dissent, leading to a failure to consider other relevant possibilities. But presidential advisory groups are often fragmented and divisive.

This book therefore scrutinizes Polythink, a group decision-making dynamic whereby different members in the decision-making unit espouse a plurality of options and divergent policy prescriptions, resulting in a disjointed decision-making process or even decision paralysis. Read article here