What is Abilene Paradox?

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Abilene Paradox is a term used for a phenomenon in management and describes inability to manage agreement.  

definition of abilene paradox

Definition of Abilene Paradox

Abilene Paradox is a phenomenon that describes a situation in which a group makes a collective decision that does not correspond to the feeling and thoughts of the individuals in the group.

Explanation of Abilene Paradox

This phenomenon was introduced in 1974 and is mostly seen in the world of business and management. This happens when  certain members of the group, when making decisions, go with the rest of the group even when they don't agree with the rest. 

Another expression used for this situation is commonly known as a desire not to "rock the boat". 

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