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.

The Advisory Group

The advisory group

Sam and Ed walked out of the Mental Health Advisory Decision Group meeting in Capitol City.

“Good Lord,” said Ed. “To think we came all the way from University City for this!”

“I know,” said Sam. “I still can't believe it.”

Sam and Ed were talking about processes related to the most recent meeting. Their group was to advise the new director of occupational health on a fresh, new state health plan. When they arrived, they saw secretaries wheeling typing chairs loaded with paper into the meeting room. There were three to each chair, one pushing and two holding, because the stacks of paper were high. The director apologized but said she could not get the report run off in time. The secretaries ...

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