PEER RATINGS FOR EXTREME PERFORMERS IN DISCUSSION GROUPS.
STANFORD UNIV CALIF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
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Two hundred eighty-four subjects were studied in 40 five-man discussion groups and 21 four-man discussion group. Thirteen of the 5-man groups consisted of participants in an Executive Development program, the others were Master of Business Administration students. During each discussion session an outside observer counted the number of times each man talked. After each session subjects answered a sociometric questionnaire including the ranks of all members including himself for Best Ideas, Most Guidance, and Leader. Subjects ranked all but himself on Best Liked. At the end of the respective courses these and other subjects completed a peer rating for the discussants and all other members of their classes. These peer ratings included positive choice as a prospective boss, negative choice as a boss, and positive and negative choices as a friend. Persons who were at the two extremes of the five measures of small group behavior were compared as to their number of peer rating choices. Eight differences out of 60 tested were significant at the .05 level or better. Author