Understanding methodological differences to study convergence in group support system sessions

Alanah Davis, Victoria Badura, Gert Jan De Vreede

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6 Scopus citations


While previous research has studied the process of group divergence extensively, little studies have been published regarding the process of group convergence. Therefore, this research answers a call for more research on group convergence to establish a better understanding of this critical group process. The goal of this study is to answer a methodological question: Does the idea set that a group processes during a convergence activity supported with a Group Support System have to be pre-defined or should it be generated by the group itself? The results of our lab experiment suggest that the results of the convergence process are not significantly affected by whether or not participants use pre-defined ideas or generate their own. This finding has implications for experimental design in collaboration research and participant selection and session design within organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGroupware
Subtitle of host publicationDesign, Implementation, and Use - 14th International Workshop, CRIWG 2008, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Workshop of Groupware, CRIWG 2008 - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Sep 14 2008Sep 18 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5411 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Workshop of Groupware, CRIWG 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE


  • Brainstorming
  • Collaboration
  • Collaboration engineering
  • Convergence
  • Divergence
  • Facilitation
  • Group support systems
  • ThinkLets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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