Disadvantages of participative management:
There are also disadvantages to participative decision-making.
Implementation of the tough decisions taken by the management through participative decision-making sometimes stalls the entire activities taking the problem from one committee to another committee.
Group decision-making can be expensive in terms of staff time. A group decision normally takes more time than an executive action. In order to estimate the full cost of participative decision-making the decision-making time should be multiplied by the number of people attending the group meeting.
Lower quality decisions are also expected through participative decision-making which is not truly effective. If superiors are present or if one member has a dominant personality, the decision of the group may in reality not be a group decision.
This can have a lowering effect on group morale and of a negative factor for motivation making for feelings of frustration and uselessness.