WILL DISTRIBUTED GSS GROUPS MAKE MORE EXTREME DECISIONS? AN EMPIRICAL STUDY

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 1996
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Pages326-338
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 1996

Conference

Title17th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 1996
PlaceUnited States
CityCleveland
Period16 - 18 December 1996

Abstract

This study examines the impact of proximity, anonymity, and information exposure on group polarization in a GSS context. Proximity was studied at two levels: proximate and distributed. Anonymity was examined at two levels: identified and anonymous. Information exposure was also varied at two levels: exposure to positions without arguments and exposure to positions with arguments. The dependent variables were choice shift and preference change. Distributed groups had greater choice shift than proximate groups. When exposed to positions without arguments, distributed meetings resulted in higher preference change than proximate meetings. But when exposed to positions with arguments, proximity interacted with anonymity to alter preference change. These findings indicate that a distributed GSS setting encourages group polarization. However, group polarization can also be raised in a proximate GSS setting if the anonymity capability is used by group members to exchange mutual positions and arguments.

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WILL DISTRIBUTED GSS GROUPS MAKE MORE EXTREME DECISIONS? AN EMPIRICAL STUDY. / Sia, Choon-Ling; Tan, Bernard C. Y.; Wei, Kwok-Kee.
Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 1996. Association for Information Systems, 1996. p. 326-338 (Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 1996).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review