From cooperative to motivated information sharing in groups: moving beyond the hidden profile paradigm

  title={From cooperative to motivated information sharing in groups: moving beyond the hidden profile paradigm},
  author={Gwen M. Wittenbaum and Andrea B. Hollingshead and Isabel C. Botero},
  journal={Communication Monographs},
  pages={286 - 310}
A seminal study conducted by Stasser and Titus (1985) found that groups often make suboptimal decisions on tasks structured as hidden profiles because they tend to discuss and incorporate into their decisions information that is shared (known to all members) at the expense of information that is unshared (known to a single member). In other words, groups are not able to take advantage of the unique knowledge and expertise of their members. Over the past 19 years this unsettling finding has… 

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