Margarete Boos and Friedhelm Meier (1993)

Die Regulation des Gruppenprozesses bei der Entscheidungsfindung

Zeitschrift für Sozialpsychologie, 24(1):3-14.

Investigates the extent to which task instructions and participant roles contribute to differences in group process during complex decision making in organizations. Group process is usually examined and evaluated summarily. In this study, the influence of the dynamics of group process on participants' final evaluations of their own satisfaction and of the quality of the group product is investigated. 30 groups of senior public administration officials participated in an unstructured simulation of an administrative case under four different instructions. Time-series analysis was used to find short- and long-term dynamic regulation patterns, and analysis of variance identified instruction and role effects. Different patterns of group regulation were related to process characteristics and task instructions. No relationship was found between regulation patterns and subjective evaluation.