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< previous page page_228 next page > Page 228 were responsible for monitoring the execution of policy as decided at the meetings. In order to find out what people felt about the Executive, lengthy interviews were carried out with eight key Executive members and nine staff. Each of these was followed up with a second interview later in the study, with a check made that the interviewer had fully grasped the subject's meaning (the "cognitive mapping" technique developed by Eden was employed for this purpose). Anonymous questionnaires were sent to all other Executive members and to other staff who had recently attended Executive meetings (35 questionnaires in all). Summarising massively, the views of Executive members divided into those with an "efficiency orientation" and those with a "suspicion orientation". The efficiency oriented were frustrated by the inability of the Executive to get important business done.
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They felt that agendas were too lengthy and not prioritised.
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