ERIC Number: ED097254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Analysis of Decision-Making in Small Groups. Final Report.
Hawes, Leonard C.
This paper reports a study of committee decision processes. Two established university committees, one established departmental committee, and four student ad hoc committees were investigated. Sixteen meetings were videotaped, transcribed, coded, and analyzed. A general systems model was used to conceptualize the decision process and the stochastic theory of Markov chains was used to operationalize the concept of decision making. Five research questions were posed and thirty-five major hypotheses were tested to provide answers. The questions concerned the stability of the transition probabilities from various speaker-mode states and communicative function states during the decision processes. Results indicated that in committees with a majority of faculty members, students initiated the fewest proposals of all members. But in the student ad hoc committees, more proposals were initiated than in the established committees with faculty membership and a faculty chairperson. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Research Foundation.