Exploring GSS negotiation – the use of a GSS log

Pyrko, Igor and Ackermann, Fran and Eden, Colin (2016) Exploring GSS negotiation – the use of a GSS log. In: 2016 International Conference on Group Decision and Negotiation, 2016-06-20 - 2016-06-24, Western Washington University.

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Abstract

Group Decision Support Systems (GSS) have been used extensively to support groups in working together in organizations. This paper focuses on the particular type of GSS, called Group Explorer, which during the course of facilitated sessions generates data logs in the form of Excel spreadsheets. Data logs can be of high interest to researchers and GSS facilitators because they may possibly contain rich and valuable data such as about the detailed time of entry and the authorship of all contributions, or the results of voting activities conducted by participants. However, data logs may at first look complicated and difficult to read and follow. Thus the purpose of this paper is to provide a number of instructions and explanations for anyone interested in making good use of data logs, and to popularize similar analysis as a good opportunity to bet-ter understand the outcomes of GSS sessions.