The effects of anonymity on GDSS group process with an idea-generating task

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Abstract

This study examines the influence of anonymity on group process in groups using a group decision support system (GDSS) with an idea-generating task. Group members whose contributions were anonymous generated more comments, were more critical and probing, and were more likely to embellish ideas proposed by others than were those whose contributions were identified by name. Implications for group support research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-321
Number of pages9
JournalMIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems
Volume14
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1990

Keywords

  • Anonymity
  • Group process and outcome
  • Group support systems
  • Idea generation and evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management

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