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Power and the Experience Flow in Time-Intensive, Collaborative Decision-Making

Kristian Kiili, Timo Lainema, Power and the Experience Flow in Time-Intensive, Collaborative Decision-Making. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 19(1), 39–57, 2010.


Power is an influential component of social interaction and there are reasons for thinking that it may have important effects both on decision-making and psychological and interpersonal processes. The aim of this paper was to study the relations between the feeling of power, decision-making and flow experience in a collaborative business simulation game. The participants of the study were mainly second and third year business school students (N = 98). The data from the simulation game sessions and the players’ experiences were collected through the use of questionnaires and group decision-making log-files. The results indicate that more powerful persons are more likely to experience flow in time-intensive collaborative games and are more goal-focused than less powerful (powerless) persons. Furthermore, the ability to influence on game events as well as on other players was a major factor that enhanced flow experience. On the other hand, radical behaviour such as railroading did not support flow, because it disturbs the progression of decision-making and the game decision-making process.

BibTeX entry:

  title = {Power and the Experience Flow in Time-Intensive, Collaborative Decision-Making},
  author = {Kiili, Kristian and Lainema, Timo},
  journal = {Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia},
  volume = {19},
  number = {1},
  pages = {39–57},
  year = {2010},
  keywords = {Flow, Immersion, Decision-Making},

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