Nominal Group Technique

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Nominal Group Technique

In 1968 André Delbecq co-developed with Andrew H.Van de Ven the Nominal Group Technique, which has diffused worldwide to become the most widely used method of group brainstorming.  and has been applied to adult education program planning by Vedros. 

What is the NGT?
The Nominal Group Technique (NGT), is a decision making method for use among groups of many sizes, who want to make their decision quickly, as by a vote, but want everyone's opinions taken into account.  There will be one facilitator in each group and group members. 

Materials we need for NGT

Define problem/issue as a question Divide the people into small groups Brainstorm individually

Evaluate & vote

Clarifying questions, explanations

Share ideas with everyone

Sum votes then get the best one.

Case Study
Aunt Barbara passed away and left you a company – equal number of shares for each

Amusement Park

Office Building
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Closed during Autumn and Winter – costs still occur Fairly good revenues in the Summer Profit – but falling year by year →Machines are getting old

In the city center Rising competition
→New, modern offices

Cheap, but can’t lower the prices any more

No competition

Case Study
The company has some cash, and no outstanding debts  It’s September and you are having your first meeting as new owners 

How could the company increase its profits?

Case Study
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requires preparation  for some people it might be too structured/bounded  regulates discussion – less stimulating than other techniques  only a single question can be discussed at a time

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minimizes influence of others large quantity of ideas everyone has an equal opportunity to share their ideas no judgment/criticism more satisfying to participants than other techniques

When is it useful?
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When some group members...