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.

Elements of the Decision Process

Elements of the Decision Process

Elements of the decision process

Bill Smithson was musing to himself about the crummy decision processes he was constantly reading about, and, experiencing as well. It had come to his mind because the morning paper just announced that a local college president had resigned after being there for only 12 months. This was the third president in 2 years, and each departure had cost a heavy severance. “I wonder what is really going on there?” Bill thought. Don't the trustees understand the dynamics of the decision process? Are they using a sacred coin? And then there was the failed departmental chair search. They were trying to recruit a woman from the opposite coast who could not really make up her mind. ...

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