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Management Science Seminar - Evaluation of group model building

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Tuesday 31 March 2009, 16:00
LT5, Management School

Etiënne Rouwette

Radboud University

Abstract: Group model building is the construction of system dynamics models in direct participation with decision makers and experts. In the Netherlands group model building has been applied to, among others, problems in criminal justice, health care, defence, taxes, and telecommunication. I will show a general outline for a group model building process and illustrate this with examples from several cases, using both qualitative and quantitative applications. Evaluation of these cases shows a number of surprising insights, for example a discrepancy between self-assessment of learning and evaluations on the basis of pretest - posttest measurements. We then discuss theories from cognitive and social psychology that might explain observed results of group model building.

Biography: Etiënne Rouwette is associate professor at the Methodology group of the Faculty of Management Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He is the author of several articles on evaluation of group decision support, including group model building, simulation gaming and electronic meeting support. Since 1993 he is involved in consultancy applications using group model building and other approaches to group decision support.

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