High Tech Decision Making in the Airpower Age
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The purpose of this research was to explore whether electronic brainstorming and problem solving software are feasible for and add value to Air Force organizations, specifically Air Command and Staff College ACSC. The authors literature review verified traditional nominal group brainstorming group members working separately to generate ideas is superior to traditional face-to-face group brainstorming. Further, previous research also showed electronic brainstorming was as effective as, and in some cases superior to, traditional nominal group brainstorming. The author reviewed the capabilities of several electronic problem solvingbrainstorming software tools. He tested the capabilities of one such tool, CM1 Corporate Memory1, because ACSC currently owns 15 CM1 site licenses. CM1 allows group members the capability to use an issue-based decision making process in cyberspace. The author demonstrated the feasibility and value-added use of CM1 at ACSC through successful software installation on the ACSC computer network, use by a student group brainstorming research ideas, and use by a faculty group attempting to solve an ACSC organizational problem over their local area network. Aerospace applicability was demonstrated throughout the project. The author concluded with recommendations for using CM1 at ACSC and other organizations, and suggested areas for related future research.
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