A Multistage Influence Model of Barriers to Group Problem Solving: A Participant-Generated Agenda for Small Group Research

Benjamin Broome, Luann Fulbright

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Abstract

Although writers frequently suggestfuture directionsfor small group research, it is not clear to what extent these suggestions arise from participant concerns rather than researcher interests. Not always do the concerns of scholars coincide with the needs of the user. This article presents a participant-generated agendafor small group research that is constructed from a structural analysis of influence maps developed by seven groups overa 6-yearperiod. Each of these groups was engaged in the generation, structuring, and interpretation of difficulties related to group work. A multistage influence model of barriers to group problem solving is developedfrom the group products, and suggestions are made forfuture research directions based on this modeL Thefollowing agenda is proposed: (a) we must examine more carefully the role of contextual influences in group work (b) we need to provide stronger guidance on methodologies for group work, (c) we must find ways to fully integrate discussions of culture with group process, (d) we should view climate and communication as primary conduits of group interaction, (e) we need to conduct more research on how attitudes are influenced by group factors, and (f) we need to broaden our view of the role of process experts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-55
Number of pages31
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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