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Title:Detailed Narrative of Minnesota GDSS Project Results
Author(s):Poole, Marshall Scott; Zigurs, Ilze
Subject(s):Group Decision Support Systems
Group Support Systems
Adaptive Structuration Theory
Decision Support Systems
Collaboration Technology
Group Decision Making
Group Communication
Information Systems
Abstract:The Minnesota GDSS Research Project is a twenty-year program of interdisciplinary research that has generated more than eighty articles, chapters, dissertations, and proceedings publications and has influenced other researchers who developed their own niches. Grounded in Adaptive Structuration Theory, which emerged and evolved as the research unfolded, the project studied the impact of technology characteristics (level of support, restrictiveness) and other support (training, heuristics, facilitation) on group processes and outcomes for a range of tasks (problem definition, decision making, planning). The project entailed a complex tapestry of a series of laboratory experiments and two major field studies. The basic theoretical framework, experimental strategy and design, field study design, and results are summarized, along with a discussion of the significance and implications of the project for contemporary theory and practice. This report is a detailed summary of results of studies that are highlighted in DeSanctis, Poole, Zigurs et al. (2008) Journal of the Association of Information Systemts article. It gives details on the results summarized in the article and displayed in the Appendices to the article and should be considered a companion to this article.
Issue Date:2008-05-08
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-05-11

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