11. Poole’s Multiple Sequence Model of Group Decisions What is the major contention of the theory? What are the three tracks that operate during discussions? What are breakpoints? What are prerequisites for effective solutions? Evaluate the theory. Major contention: --groups can have various patterns or sequences of problem solving.--This notion clashes with the unitary sequence model, which assumes that groups typically solve problems using the steps of Functional Theory of Group Decision Quality (e.g. Dewey & Hirokawa).--Poole asserts that groups do not often follow this pattern. The three activity tracks: communication activity that is occurring simultaneously~ Task: communication to solve the task. Relational: communication to manage relationships; e.g. roles to be played, how conflict should be handled. Topic (focus track): the specific content of the task or relational areas of focus.
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