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Ib Ravn

Charting the social order of meetings

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Meetings are occasions for the construction of social order between meeting participants. I Identify four pure types of meeting order or style that mix empirically: (1) the managerial style, which relies on the somewhat authoritarian management style of yesteryear, (2) the parliamentary style, with its cumbersome rules safeguarding formal-democratic decision-making, (3) the collective–egalitarian style of community-type meetings where anyone can speak anytime about anything, and (4) the facilitative style, in which a facilitator guides the meeting conversation with a firm hand such that all participants feel included and results are produced. The first three types are well-known and well-worn, while the fourth type, the facilitative style, holds promise for meetings of the future.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year23 May 2017
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2017
EventThe Gothenburg Meeting Science Symposium - Göteborg, Sweden
Duration: 23 May 201724 May 2017


ConferenceThe Gothenburg Meeting Science Symposium
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