Deviance in group decision making: Group-member centrality alleviates negative consequences for the group
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 7, pages 915–923, December 2012
How to Cite
Rijnbout, J. S. and McKimmie, B. M. (2012), Deviance in group decision making: Group-member centrality alleviates negative consequences for the group. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 42: 915–923. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1917
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2012
Research on the effects of deviance during group decision making has shown that although it can lead to increased innovation and creativity within the group, group members often dislike the deviant member and rate group morale as lower because of dissent during the decision-making process. The current study (N = 101) uses an information processing approach to examine the effect of deviance on decision outcomes as well as investigate how the perceived position of group members can influence whether they are given leeway to voice dissent. Results found that deviance can improve group decision making without incurring social costs when a deviant group member occupies a central position within the group. These findings are novel within the field of deviance research yet are consistent with research on group criticism and idiosyncrasy credit and therefore have significant implications for literature on the effect of group deviance and the application of deviance techniques within organisational and educational settings. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.