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.

Achieving an Effective Meeting: Mechanics of Decision-Group Process

Achieving an effective meeting: Mechanics of decision-group process

Bill DeForrest was doing a lot of thinking as he walked toward the weekly staff meeting of Foodgatherers. He had had some criticism from his staff about the way meetings were run. He viewed it as a time of sharing—when everyone could get together and let each other know what was happening. But the staff had felt it was something of a waste of time. So he had developed a charter for the group, outlining the things that the group should be doing, and they had helped in that. He had begun to use agendas. One of his student interns was from the University of Michigan, and he had told ...

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