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.



Meetings! What a bore! Or worse. Google lists more than 12 million returns for “awful meetings.” Apparently, awful meetings are not only time wasters, they actually make you stupider, according to the Huffington Post article “Business Meetings Are Making You Dumb” (Ciccone, 2012). For its part, Google reports more than 50 listings along the line of “meetings make you stupid.” And this opinion is not a new one. Searching for “meetings make you stupid” on Google produces seven pages of references with exactly that title—or one very close to it. Have you felt that just one more committee, one more group meeting, would push you over the edge? Somehow, decision groups seem not to “do work.” Work—in America at least—is something individuals do. Attending ...

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