Collective decision making, leadership, and collective intelligence: Tests with agent-based simulations and a Field study

Kristie A. McHugh, Francis J. Yammarino, Shelley D. Dionne, Andra Serban, Hiroki Sayama, Subimal Chatterjee

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Abstract

This multi-level (individual and collective) study examines collective decision making as it relates to the performance metric of collective decision quality. A collectivistic leadership approach is used, as leaderless collectives engaged in decision making are inherently involved in collective leadership. A multi-level conceptual model for collective decision making is introduced, which incorporates leadership and collective intelligence. Using agent-based simulations and content-coded field study data, results from both methods suggest that there is a positive relationship between individual and collective intelligence, as well as a positive relationship between collective intelligence and collective decision quality. The implications of these and related findings for future collective level research bridging the fields of decision making, leadership, and collective intelligence are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-241
Number of pages24
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Agent-based modeling and simulations
  • Collective decision making
  • Collective intelligence
  • Collective leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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