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Abstract— In this study, fifteen managers and scientists experimented with the use of a Q‐sort procedure for evaluating and prioritizing thirteen research projects. Q‐sorting is a psychometric method for classifying items according to the opinions of a group of persons, and for evoking group consensus on these classifications. The procedure focuses on the rather natural individual opinion/group decision making process that must take place in project selection/evaluation. In general, the participants thought that Q‐sorting was too imprecise to yield final decisions. However, progress was made toward organizational consensus, and the participants felt the procedure was valuable for facilitating scientist/scientist and the scientist‐manager communications within the project evaluation process. It was therefore concluded that Q‐sorting may be a valuable aid to the heuristic idea‐exchange process that should accompany any formal project selection exercise. The results here suggest that Q‐sorting may be a good procedure to facilitate the use of a mathematical project selection model.

Document Type: Original Article


Publication date: 1975-02-01

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