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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Computer support of traditional group process methodologies has given rise to a particular class of Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS) which concentrates on face-to-face interactions of individuals in groups. Face-to-face systems increase the effectiveness of group decision making through structuring the group process. Experimental research has shown that GDSS systems are effective in enhancing group decision performance. GDSS systems are most productive when effective structured group process methods are appropriately supported by computer technology. IS educators and students can employ GDSS technologies through the use of a Microcomputer, an overhead data display, and an integrated software package. As future facilitators of the group process, IS students will be important disseminators of GDSS and accompanying group process methods.

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