Definition: the Delphi Method is a group decision making technique that can be used to structure a group communication process to deal with a complex problem. The DM is based on the Dialectics approach: Thesis - Antithesis - Synthesis. The DM helps to build consensus about a particular complex topic without the necessity for the contributors to meet in person. A panel of experts formulates a set of hypotheses about the future state of the topic in question. These are distributed to the participants. Their anonymous comments then get integrated into modified hypotheses. The iterative process continues until consensus is achieved on the hypotheses.
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More on group decision making: Groupthink, Metaplan, Spiral of Silence.
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