Exploring new directions for research in problem structuring methods: On the role of cognitive style

L. A. Franco, M. Meadows

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Prior research has argued that cognitive style can have a significant impact on group decision making. In addition, several scholars have proposed that cognitive style can play a key role in the design and use of group decision support systems. However, cognitive style has not received a great deal of attention in the problem structuring methods (PSMs) community. This is surprising, given that PSMs are specifically developed to support a group in their decision making. The purpose of this paper is thus to examine the significance of cognitive style within PSMs. The paper identifies and explores the role of four different cognitive style functions in problem structuring interventions. This analysis is carried out by focusing on the different tasks embedded within a group process supported by PSMs. Implications for the research and practice of PSMs are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1621-1629
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Operational Research Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive style
  • Facilitation
  • Group decision making
  • Problem structuring methods
  • Research methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing


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