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Designing Effective Work Groups by Paul S. Goodman

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Group Decision Making and Group Effectiveness in Organizations

Richard A. Guzzo

Bridges are popular metaphors. We hear how a political candidate is a bridge between the liberal and conservative factions of a political party, for example, or how an airline's frequent flights create an air bridge between two cities. I, too, will use a bridge metaphor to introduce the content and aims of this chapter. In particular, a suspension bridge serves as a useful metaphor. A suspension bridge is a structure that connects distinct areas by hanging a platform (such as a roadway) from two or more cables that stretch beyond the platform itself. With the platform ...

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