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Chapt 7 Exer Comment Pg

Page history last edited by CHAVEZ D. EPPS 10 years ago

 


Comments by Yousuf Azhar 31-Oct-2010
Review of Chapter 7 Exercises: Collaborative Decision Making

Structure:
    I think the structure is fine.  You may want to clearly distinguish between Exercises 1 and 2 by labeling exercise 1 as such.
    
Audience:
    This fine, it is obviously addressed to CDM Grad students.
    
Coverage:
    I think the first two exercises cover the meat of what I would expect.  
    
    I suggest not building exercise 2 on the answers to exercise 1.  If the student has issues with exercise 1 (either skipped it completely, did it partially or got wrong answers), that will doom his/her exercise 2 answers to failure.
        
    Also, for exercise 2, I suggest building a larger table with columns named after each type of meeting and rows named after each collaboration pattern and thinklet.  That should make the instructions a little more clear.    
    
    The critical thinking questions are good, but you could maybe add a brief reminder about what Briggs' and Straus' main points are or a link taking you back to those sections of the main chapter.
    
Citations:
    I can't tell if anything is missing.  Obviously, if any of these exercise were inspired by someone else's work, you may want to include that.

Please let me know if you have questions about my comments.

Thanks,
Yousuf
End of Comments by Yousuf Azhar 31-Oct-2010


I think the length is long enough and the content seems good also. I would think about looking at the format again. Maybe adding some lines to break things up. As Yousuf you might consider making exercise two a separate exercise. This way you could have multiple groups working at once and then you could switch exercises.

Chavez D. Epps

Comments (3)

Santiago said

at 2:03 am on Nov 8, 2010

Good format, basic and easy to follow. The breakdown of Thinklets into an actual meeting format which will allow the participant to put a name to some of the functions they may already be performing as group, team or meeting leaders is a good working strategy.
Good critical thinking questions.
The case study is very interesting because of the divergent thought processes of senior management and directors. The art of moving those divergent thoughts into a single direction is a difficult task but one that is made easier by utilizing some of the skills presented in the exercises and preparing a proper business case to explain why they are meeting and the positive results expected for the organization. I think these different idea generating suggestions are great when working in conjunction with a properly prepared plan of success, which the leader should work on independently. This plan allows for options that will lead to certain results thus leaving additional plans or unforeseen circumstances to be added by the meeting group.

Joseph Howerton said

at 1:29 pm on Nov 4, 2010

Structure
The exercises here are great. I like the first graphic, very informative. I would like to see more of an introduction before it, especially regarding thinklets, and how they are created. Also, the text between the first and second graphics needs to be cleaned up a little bit, as it doesn't really read well.

Audience
I feel that this content and the exercises are indeed geared for CDM grad students, and offers great insight into acquiring tools for solution finding and consensus building.

Coverage
I would like to see links to more information on thinklets, Symbolic Convergence, as well as on Brigg’s and Straus’ decision making techniques. For instance, I ran a Google search on Straus' decision making model and received back Stratus 6 Phase Problem Solving Model found here http://www.ettc.net/Intervention/Resources/Forms_Resources/Isaksen%20and%20Treffinger%E2%80%99s%206-Stage%20Problem-Solving%20Model.pdf. And I also received this link to The Six Step Problem Solving Method http://www.scribd.com/doc/208548/six-step-problem-solving-method.

Citations
I don't see any here. I would like to see a list of references to buttress my understanding of the main topics presented here.

CHAVEZ D. EPPS said

at 7:38 pm on Nov 3, 2010

I think the length is long enough and the content seems good also. I would think about looking at the format again. Maybe adding some lines to break things up. As Yousuf you might consider making exercise two a separate exercise. This way you could have multiple groups working at once and then you could switch exercises.

Chavez D. Epps

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