In this paper, we suggest an approach that addresses two significant barriers which confront GSS researchers interested in exploring this area: the extremely time consuming methodologies required to elicit and represent mental models and the lack of a means to form groups based on the similarity and dissimilarity of the mental models of the group members. We detail a solution that provides researchers with some insight into the mental models individuals may have of 2 problem situation or task domain. This solution is practical for dealing with the large number of subjects that small group experiments require. Importing a methodology from the field of Production and Operations Management, we detail a technique for fonning groups based on the similarity and dissimilarity of the individual group member’s understanding and perspectives.
Massey, Anne; Clapper, Danial; Batra, Dinesh; Vessey, Iris; and Wand, Yair, "The Importance of Individual Inputs on Assessing GSS Value: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Creating Cognitively Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Groups for GSS Researchers" (1994). ICIS 1994 Proceedings. 64.