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Delphi groups

A technique by which a panel of selected individuals is consulted in order to access expert opinion on a subject. They might for example offer future scenarios for a product field, or an area of everyday life, or speculate about the future pattern of business in general. Given that it can be difficult to collect experts together in one location, this kind of research is often done by asking a question (generally by email) and circulating all the responses to all members of the panel, who then respond to each others' ideas, and so on.

 

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