Exploring the boundaries of successful GSS application: Supporting inter-organizational policy networks

Hans de Bruijn, Gert Jan de Vreede

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Abstract

Technologies used to support group work are based on and contain underlying assumptions regarding how people work together. The appropriateness of such assumptions is an important factor in determining the successful employment of the technology. This paper uses an action research approach to explore the boundaries of effective GSS application by challenging the basic assumptions built into GSS. This exploration is carried out in the context of a particular arena in which groups have to interact to reach a certain goal: inter-organizational policy networks. From 9 cases it appears that GSS are most effective in the orientation phase of inter-organizational policy making, while GSS should be avoided during the separation phase where winners and losers can be identified. During the package deal phase of an inter-organizational policy making process, GSS may have added value to offer, but it should be employed with caution. To this end, a number of meeting design guidelines is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32 - Maui, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 5 1999Jan 8 1999

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