Accession Number : AD0624670

Title :   A PERT INFLUENCED REFLECTIVE THINKING APPROACH TO PROBLEM-SOLVING DISCUSSION.

Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author : DENVER UNIV COLO

Personal Author(s) : Bayless,Ovid Lyndal

Report Date : AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 113

Abstract : PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) is a device for the planning and control of work force activities in business operations. It was devised as an integrated management system to measure progress toward project objectives, to evaluate current and potential project problems, and to predict the shortest time in which a project can be completed. Four of PERT's major characteristics are (1) working back from the 'end event,' (2) subdividing activities, (3) balancing available resources, and (4) identifying the 'critical path.' A pattern for problem-solving in small face-to-face groups was constructed from these four PERT characteristics and the basic steps in reflective thinking. The primary hypothesis for this investigation was that a PERT influenced problem-solving pattern is just as effective in small face-to-face discussion as the reflective thinking and brainstorming patterns. The findings of the present study tend to generally substantiate this hypothesis.

Descriptors :   (*MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, PROBLEM SOLVING), (*PROBLEM SOLVING, GROUP DYNAMICS), (*GROUP DYNAMICS, PROBLEM SOLVING), OPERATIONS RESEARCH, DECISION MAKING, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, REASONING

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE