Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making

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Overview

Lauded for its accessible format and humorous writing style, Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making by John E. Tropman, 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.

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Establishes rules for effective group decision making, outlines positions and roles for various group members, and explains strategies for different types of decision groups, including staff meetings, advisory groups, board meetings, intergroups, and intercultural meetings. Includes chapter exercises and humorous vignettes. This second edition addresses issues such as the competitive environment, organizational structures, and quality and evaluation, and is targeted toward human services. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483340210
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Series: SAGE Human Services Guides Series, #17
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 763,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Tropman teaches at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In the school of business, his courses focus on organizational design, organizational culture, rewards systems, and organizational change. In the School of Social Work, his courses focus on executive leadership and policy development. He also teaches in the Executive Education Programs at the University of Michigan. He has written over 40 books and many articles. Tropman works with a number of organizations in a consultative capacity, including for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental entities, assisting them in strategic planning, developing effective decision systems and managing change, as well as providing executive training. He also works with individual executives, assisting them in their own career development.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Modern Decision Group
Chapter 2: Recruiting Meeting Participants
Chapter 3: Preparations for Effective Decision Making
Chapter 4: Templates for Action
Chapter 5: Achieving an Effective Meeting: Mechanics Of Decision-Group Process
Chapter 6: The Chair
Chapter 7: The Member
Chapter 8: The Staffer
Chapter 9: The Executive/CEO
Chapter 10: Roles in Meetings
Chapter 11: The Board
Chapter 12: The Advisory Group
Chapter 13: The Staff Group
Chapter 14: Elements of the Decision Process
Chapter 15: Managing the Decision-Building Process
Chapter 16: Evaluating Decisions
Chapter 17: A Concluding Note: Developing a Perspective
Appendix 1: Embracing the Digital

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