Episode 8:
Getting behind Groupthink with Zoe Burdo

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We entrust groups to some of our most important decisions, particularly in finance and investment. And the conventional wisdom is that a group can moderate the decision-making biases of individuals. But do they? This week hosts Dan Mikulskis and Mary Spencer are joined by LCP's Zoe Burdo, and explore some of the many issues associated with “groupthink”.

They discuss:

  • Self-censorship
  • Confirmation bias
  • Cascades Anchoring
  • How some group members can become scape-goats
  • We discuss some of the infamous failures of groups in history, like the Challenger disaster
  • How groups can end up in a more extreme position, and more overconfident in it, than individuals themselves
  • How does group size affect groupthink?
  • How complexity and knowledge discrepancies in investment can really worsen groupthink.
  • Do devil’s advocates really work?
  • Don’t scapegoat a devil’s advocate.

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