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Towards understanding problem structuring and groups with triple task methodology 'e'

Bell, Simon; Mahroun, Sami and Yassin, Nasser (2017). Towards understanding problem structuring and groups with triple task methodology 'e'. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 68(2) pp. 192–206.

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The many issues which confront Problem Structuring Groups (PSGs) engaging in applying Problem Structuring Methods (PSMs) are well reported in the literature. Often group problem structuring work is well organised around an array of processes and methods which have received wide-ranging testing in the field however, the assessment of the group in terms of its output, group dynamic and self-assessment tend to be handled piece meal at best. Triple Task Methodology (TTM) has been described as a means to manage the three group assessments – PSG output, dynamic and self-assessment in one frame. In this paper an experimental version of TTM (TTMe) is described in use in an Education project setting in Abu Dhabi. It was intended to make TTM less cumbersome and time-consuming and, at the same time, more systemically integrated, a significant objective being to make it easier to use by practitioners who have not used it before or who have only small prior use of group assessment methods. The paper describes the application of TTMe, provides an overall assessment of the value of the exercise, discusses the outputs of the group work and points to the value of TTMe in identifying and clarifying unique group qualities or signatures. The major contribution of the paper is to bring to PSG processes a degree of rapid, non-specialist, empirically comparable assessment on the richness of the group use of PSMs.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1476-9360
Extra Information: This research was developed using funds made available through the Abu Dhabi Education Council, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 46680
Depositing User: Simon Bell
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 09:47
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 13:43
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