Group, sub-group and nominal group idea generation in an electronic meeting environment

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How should a group organize itself to generate ideas? Should all group members work together as one group, should they form several smaller sub-groups that work independently, or should members work separately as individuals? Previous research outside of Electronic Meeting Environments presents a clear and unambiguious answer members should work individually. Any benefits from group interaction (i.e. process gains) for idea generation are outweighed by the negative effects of group interaction (i.e. process losses). This paper re-examines this question in an electronic meeting environment through a reanalysis of two prior experiments. In contrast to findings from previous non-computer-mediated idea generation research, groups generated more ideas (with higher quality) than did the same number of participants working as individuals or in several smaller sub-groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number184189
Pages (from-to)573-579
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1991
Event24th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 1991 - Kauai, United States
Duration: Jan 8 1991Jan 11 1991

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