Delphi technique

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    Abstract

    The Delphi Method is designed to elicit opinion and counter opinion from a group of experts in order to inform better the decision making process. These experts may be geographically dispersed. Traditionally, information is captured through the use of questionnaires and their analysis is fed back to the experts in an unattributed manner through a continuous loop system until the group converges on a common opinion. The approach is valuable when decisions have to be made in highly charged domains e.g., politics, education, or when actions may have severe outcomes e.g., thermonuclear warfare.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopaedia of Organisation Studies
    EditorsStewart R. Clegg, James R. Bailey
    Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA
    Pages375-378
    Number of pages3
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2007

    Keywords

    • delphi method
    • decision making process
    • common opinion

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    Mckiernan, P. (2007). Delphi technique. In S. R. Clegg, & J. R. Bailey (Eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Organisation Studies (Vol. 1, pp. 375-378).