Evaluating immediate and long-term impacts of qualitative group model building workshops on participants' mental models

Scott, Rodney J., Cavana, Robert Y. and Cameron, Donald (2013) Evaluating immediate and long-term impacts of qualitative group model building workshops on participants' mental models. System Dynamics Review, 29 4: 216-236. doi:10.1002/sdr.1505


Author Scott, Rodney J.
Cavana, Robert Y.
Cameron, Donald
Title Evaluating immediate and long-term impacts of qualitative group model building workshops on participants' mental models
Journal name System Dynamics Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-7066
1099-1727
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/sdr.1505
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 4
Start page 216
End page 236
Total pages 21
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Group model building literature reports that participation causes mental model refinement and alignment, but no previous study appears to have examined whether these changes are enduring. This paper reports on a case study involving four groups using group model building tools that were evaluated immediately before, immediately after, and 12 months following a 3-hour workshop. Each workshop used qualitative group model building to plan strategy implementation initiatives in a government department. A change of circumstances (merger and restructure) meant that the workshop conclusions were not implemented, providing a research opportunity to measure the enduring effects of group model building workshops. Statistical comparison of written responses suggests that participants' views on the workshop topic changed and became more alike through the workshop process, and that these changes were enduring even in the relative absence of reinforcing activities.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 12 FEB 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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