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Effective Meetings

Effective Meetings
Improving Group Decision Making

Third Edition

January 2014 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Lauded for its accessible format and humorous writing style, Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making, offers practical strategies for running effective meetings by highlighting the processes involved in decision making and the ways individuals contribute to making better quality decisions as a group.
The Third Edition of this brief text begins with guidelines for effective decision making, then covers topics that include member recruitment, meeting preparation, agenda building, and the positions and roles required for effective meeting outcomes. Subsequent chapters deal with electronic meeting formats, the chair and participants, and the various types of meeting groups such as boards, advisory groups, and staff groups.

Author John E. Tropman teaches at the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work, the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, and the Executive Education Programs. Dr. Tropman also works with for-profit, nonprofit, and government entities in a consultative capacity.

Chapter 1: The Modern Decision Group
Chapter 2: Recruiting Meeting Participants
Chapter 3: Preparations for Effective Decision Making
Chapter 4: Templates for Action
Chapter 5: Achieving an Effective Meeting: Mechanics Of Decision-Group Process
Chapter 6: The Chair
Chapter 7: The Member
Chapter 8: The Staffer
Chapter 9: The Executive/CEO
Chapter 10: Roles in Meetings
Chapter 11: The Board
Chapter 12: The Advisory Group
Chapter 13: The Staff Group
Chapter 14: Elements of the Decision Process
Chapter 15: Managing the Decision-Building Process
Chapter 16: Evaluating Decisions
Chapter 17: A Concluding Note: Developing a Perspective
Appendix 1: Embracing the Digital

Used in Fall 2013 Semester

Dr John Hudgins
Social Science Dept, Coppin State University
April 16, 2014
Key features


  • New vignettes highlight current issues and meeting modes and reflect a multicultural focus.
  • The relationship between leadership and authority and different sources of power within and between groups is explored.
  • The text offers an increased focus on addressing cultural issues when dealing with communication, conflict, and power-related issues.
  • Expanded use of charts and illustrations throughout the book helps readers understand key topics.
  • References and suggested readings have been added to the end of every chapter.
  • An increased focus on technology demonstrates how the use of technology can assist in running successful meetings.


  • Brief chapters provide readers with hands-on, easy-to-implement guidelines for running effective meetings and getting the most out of group decision making.
  • Case studies and scenarios at the beginning and end of each chapter provide a framework for the material and help readers visualize the impact of well-run and poorly run meetings.
  • Clear and simple recommendations for improving decision making in meetings are included throughout the book
  • Chapter-ending conclusions and exercises help readers master key concepts.

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