The Intelligent Facilitator's Assistant (IFA): Coupling models of product-oriented groups and expert facilitator behavior.

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Title:
The Intelligent Facilitator's Assistant (IFA): Coupling models of product-oriented groups and expert facilitator behavior.
Author:
Curtis, Arthur Clayton, Jr.
Issue Date:
1994
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This dissertation describes the development of a knowledge-based system, dubbed the "Intelligent Facilitator's Assistant" (IFA), which is capable of assisting a facilitator with selected aspects of meetings employing tool-oriented electronic meeting support (EMS) systems. Issues in the separation of site-specific and domain-specific knowledge are discussed, as are alternatives for modeling facilitator behavior. Software activities carried out as part of the research, which included the construction of a general-purpose microcomputer-based expert system development environment, are also covered. The final products of the research are conceptual models of product-oriented work groups and expert facilitator behavior in pre-session planning; these are realized in a taxonomy of products for EMS sessions and in a prototype knowledge base for agenda construction. Significant conclusions of the research are: (1) an intelligent assistant must be based on deep knowledge of the tool environment; (2) such an assistant must accommodate multiple models of both facilitator and user behavior; (3) the advent of intelligent assistants has major implications for the design of software for this environment, specifically in providing for control and visibility of tool activity by a process rather than a human operator.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Business Administration; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Vogel, Douglas R.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Intelligent Facilitator's Assistant (IFA): Coupling models of product-oriented groups and expert facilitator behavior.en_US
dc.creatorCurtis, Arthur Clayton, Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.authorCurtis, Arthur Clayton, Jr.en_US
dc.date.issued1994en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation describes the development of a knowledge-based system, dubbed the "Intelligent Facilitator's Assistant" (IFA), which is capable of assisting a facilitator with selected aspects of meetings employing tool-oriented electronic meeting support (EMS) systems. Issues in the separation of site-specific and domain-specific knowledge are discussed, as are alternatives for modeling facilitator behavior. Software activities carried out as part of the research, which included the construction of a general-purpose microcomputer-based expert system development environment, are also covered. The final products of the research are conceptual models of product-oriented work groups and expert facilitator behavior in pre-session planning; these are realized in a taxonomy of products for EMS sessions and in a prototype knowledge base for agenda construction. Significant conclusions of the research are: (1) an intelligent assistant must be based on deep knowledge of the tool environment; (2) such an assistant must accommodate multiple models of both facilitator and user behavior; (3) the advent of intelligent assistants has major implications for the design of software for this environment, specifically in providing for control and visibility of tool activity by a process rather than a human operator.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineBusiness Administrationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairVogel, Douglas R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNunamaker, Jay F., Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRam, Sudhaen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9517556en_US
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