Structuring Time and Task in Electronic Brainstorming

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There are many ways in which a GSS can be used to support group brainstorming. This paper reports the results of an experiment that manipulated task structure and time structure. Groups electronically brainstormed on intact tasks (where all parts of the task were presented to the groups). The time periods in which groups worked were either one 30-minut time period or three 10-minute time periods, separated by two-minute breaks. Groups in the partitioned task treatment generated 40% more ideas, but there were no time effects. These differences are attributed to the ability of the partitioined task to refocus members' attention more evenly across the entire solution space.
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Author Alan R. Dennis, Jay E. Aronson, William G. Heninger, and Edward D. Walker II
Year 1999
Volume 23
Issue 1
Keywords Groupware, group support systems, electronic brainstorming, entrainment, problem structure, time
Page Numbers 95-108
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