Groupthink in the Boardroom - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

22 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2016

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Antoine Canet

HEC Paris; Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: June 10, 2016

Abstract

In this paper, I look at the psychological phenomenon of groupthink in a corporate setting. Group dynamics and the study thereof can significantly contribute to understanding the decision-making in corporate boards of directors. This paper portrays the multiple facets groupthink has. It shows that strong cohesion inside the boardroom does not necessarily entail inaptitude of the board to function well, however, it also demonstrates that groupthink has contributed to the greatest corporate scandals of the last decades. It concludes that groupthink has the ability to significantly impair good corporate governance and as such should be subject to enhanced scrutiny by regulators.

Keywords: groupthink, board of directors, boardroom, corporate governance, governance

Suggested Citation

Canet, Antoine and Canet, Antoine, Groupthink in the Boardroom - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (June 10, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2839855

Antoine Canet (Contact Author)

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Maastricht
Netherlands

HEC Paris ( email )

1 rue de la Liberation
Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351
France

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