Public Lecture: The Polythink Syndrome in Group Decision Making

Date & time: 5.30–7pm 11 September 2017, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Road, ANU
Speakers: Professor Alex Mintz, Institute of Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, Israel

Studies of group decision making have focused on the groupthink syndrome and its pathology and weaknesses. In the book, The Polythink Syndrome  (Stanford University Press, 2016, with C. Wayne, winner of the Alexander George Best Book Award of the ISPP), Professor Mintz introduces Polythink, a plurality of opinions and disagreements in a group which is the opposite of Groupthink. He places decision group dynamics on a continuum from highly cohesive (groupthink) to highly fragmented (polythink). In this lecture Professor Mintz discusses the polythink syndrome, its symptoms and consequences, and provide multiple examples from the US, Australia, Israel, and the EU. 

Speaker bio:

Chairman of the Israeli Political Science Association, is Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya and Chair of the Herzliya Conference series. He served as Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC from 2008-2014.

Professor Mintz served as editor-in-chief of the journal, Political Psychology. He has served on the boards of ten other international journals including, The American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, Open Political Science Journal, Advances in Political Psychology, and Research and Politics. He also served as Associate Editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution (2004-2009) and as editor of the University of Chicago Press book series in Leadership and Decision Making in the International Arena.

Professor Mintz is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA) for distinguished contributions to the field, and the 1993 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the ISA for the most important contribution of any scholar in the world under age of forty to the scientific study of International Relations.

This event is presented by The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the ANU Research School of Psychology. This is a free event open to the public.


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