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coke machine syndrome 

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A popular term referring to highly focused interest by a group or enterprise on an irrelevant and minor issue, while often giving short shrift to critical and significant issues.

The term refers to the prolonged discussion that may occur during a business meeting about the 5%–where to put a soft drink machine, which contrasts to the short discussions in the same meeting about the 95%–budgets, inventory, sales, staffing, etc.

Explanation for coke machine syndrome

• Everyone knows something about coke machines.

• Everyone is personally affected by the decision.

• Everyone has an opinion.

While this term–as here defined–arguably fills a lexical void, it is clearly not a syndrome. 


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