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An experimental investigation of the effects of group size in an electronic meeting environment

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3 Author(s)
Dennis, A.R. ; Dept. of Manage. Inf. Syst., Arizona Univ., Tucson, AZ, USA ; Valacich, J.S. ; Nunamaker, J.F., Jr.

This research used a laboratory experiment to investigate the effects of group size on idea-generation performance and member satisfaction in an electronic meeting room in which computer-supported electronic communication replaced direct verbal communication. Three group sizes were studied: small (three-member), medium (nine-member) and large (18-member). The findings of this study contradict those of prior non-computer-supported idea-generation studies: in this electronic meeting environment, larger groups generated more ideas of greater quality, and were more satisfied than smaller groups

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep/Oct 1990

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