Meetings:The Hidden Side of Meetings
Why is it so difficult for organizations to develop and sustain more effective meetings, Ron Ashkenas asks on the current Harvard Business Review.com.
The answer, he says, is because meetings are not simply logical business mechanisms, but are also social systems embedded in an organization.
This means whoever runs a meeting also has to take into consideration a number of dynamics that aren't covered in standard meeting manuals.
For more on three of these that he discusses in his article: http://hbr.org/