Exploring the effects of a convergence intervention on ideation artifacts: A multi-group field study

Victoria R. Badura, Aaron S. Read, Robert O. Briggs, Gert Jan de Vreede

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Abstract

Information technology professionals frequently need to reduce and clarify ideas. The convergence patterns of collaboration-reduce and clarify are key in helping a group focus effort on issues that are worthy of further attention. This study furthers understanding convergence patterns by exploring and characterizing the effects of a FastFocus intervention on an ideation artifact. Researchers conducted an observational case study of executives and staff addressing a real task within a large it intensive organization. Three sets of artifacts were analyzed from three groups. Analysis of the problem statements generated during a problem identification and clarification session revealed several implications about convergence interventions. The FastFocus thinkLet reduced the number of concepts from 620 down to 145, a reduction of 76%. Ambiguity dropped from 55% in the ideation artifact to 6% in the converged artifact. Implications for brainstorming instructions were identified that may contribute to reduced ambiguity in ideation artifacts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
PublisherAIS/ICIS Administrative Office
Pages3504-3512
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781615675814
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2009Aug 9 2009

Publication series

Name15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Volume5

Conference

Conference15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period8/6/098/9/09

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Keywords

  • Cognitive load
  • Collaboration
  • Convergence
  • Group support systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Badura, V. R., Read, A. S., Briggs, R. O., & de Vreede, G. J. (2009). Exploring the effects of a convergence intervention on ideation artifacts: A multi-group field study. In 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 (pp. 3504-3512). (15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009; Vol. 5). AIS/ICIS Administrative Office.