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Synergistic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    synergistic adj
  1. used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more) [syn: interactive] [ant: antagonistic]
  2. of or relating to the theological doctrine of synergism
  3. working together; used especially of groups, as subsidiaries of a corporation, cooperating for an enhanced effect; "a synergistic effect" [syn: synergetic]
Synergistic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Synergistic \Syn`er*gis"tic\, a.
  1. Of or pertaining to synergism. ``A synergistic view of regeneration.'' --Shedd.
  2. Co["o]perating; synergetic.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Synergistic'

Synergy, in general, may be defined as two or more agents working together to produce a result not obtainable by any of the agents independently.

The term synergy comes from Greek word syn-ergos, συνεργός, meaning 'working together'. .

In the context of organizational behavior, following the view that a cohesive group is more than the sum of its parts, synergy is the ability of a group to outperform even its best individual member. These conclusions are derived from the studies conducted by Jay Hall on a number of laboratory-based group ranking and prediction tasks. He found that effective groups actively looked for the points in which they disagreed and in consequence encouraged conflicts amongst the participants in the early stages of the discussion. In contrast, the ineffective groups felt a need to establish a common view quickly, used simple decision making methods such as averaging, and focused on completing the task rather than on finding solutions they could agree on..

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