11 important Advantages of Group Decision-making
1. Since the group members have different specialties, they tend to provide more information and knowledge. Also, the information tends to be more comprehensive in nature and the group can generate a greater number of alternatives.
2. Implementation of the decision is more effective, since the people who are going to implement the decision also participate in the decision making process. This also increases the commitment of the people to see the implementation to success.
3. The participative decision making process builds up ground work as a training group for subordinates, who develop the skills of objective analysis and deriving conclusions.
4. The group decision making is more democratic in nature while the individual decision making is more autocratic in nature. The democratic processes are more easily acceptable and are consistent with the democratic ideals of our society.
5. The number of effective number of participants is enhanced and provides an equal opportunity for participants.
6. Few meetings with an overall decrease in duration are required for problem solving.
7. Creates an “organisation memory” of the proceedings of various meetings. Also external information can easily be accessed.
8. Provides a well-structured and controlled mechanism for meetings.
9. Anonymity of participants improves participation and encourages a more open presentation of ideas.
10. Participants remain focused during meetings and behaviour detrimental to the decision making process is discouraged.
11. Permits participants to choose from a variety of structured and unstructured techniques and methods to perform the task.