Lauded for its accessible format and humorous writing style, Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making, offers practical strategies for running effective meetings by highlighting the processes involved in decision making and the ways individuals contribute to making better quality decisions as a group.

The Third Edition of this brief text begins with guidelines for effective decision making, then covers topics that include member recruitment, meeting preparation, agenda building, and the positions and roles required for effective meeting outcomes. Subsequent chapters deal with electronic meeting formats, the chair and participants, and the various types of meeting groups such as boards, advisory groups, and staff groups.

Author John E. Tropman teaches at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and the Executive Education Programs. Dr. Tropman also works with for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities in a consultative capacity.

Decision Management and Decision Building: Achieving High-Quality Decisions
Decision management and decision building: Achieving high-quality decisions

The most common phrase for the process of deciding something is “decision making.” The word make implies, but does not explicitly say, construct or build. And these words are actually better and more explicit than make. Decisions are built or constructed. There is a “process of decision building” that exists over time (as we move from problem, to people, through evidence, to options, and then solution or decision). There is also a portion of the process that exists at a moment in time as we select (decide) the framing of each of those steps—how to frame the problem, what evidence to look at and how much evidence is enough evidence ...

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