Mechanisms for understanding mental model change in group model building

Scott, Rodney J., Cavana, Robert Y. and Cameron, Donald (2016) Mechanisms for understanding mental model change in group model building. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 33 1: 100-118. doi:10.1002/sres.2303

Author Scott, Rodney J.
Cavana, Robert Y.
Cameron, Donald
Title Mechanisms for understanding mental model change in group model building
Journal name Systems Research and Behavioral Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1092-7026
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/sres.2303
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 100
End page 118
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Mental model change and mental model alignment are reported outcomes of group model building. Several explanations have been proposed for these changes. This paper explores the experiences of participants in group model building workshops where delayed evaluations suggested that lasting mental model change has occurred. Semi-structured interviews were used to explore how participants believed that the workshops changed their thinking. The results are compared with proposed mechanisms for mental model change: operator logic, system archetypes, modelling as persuasion, and boundary objects. Although individuals typically possess incomplete insight into their own learning, understanding participants' recollections helps practitioners to better communicate with clients and potential clients. Interview results support the boundary object mechanism as most consistent with participants' own recollections.
Keyword Group model building
Mental models
Boundary objects
Problem Structuring Methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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