The Center for the Management of Information was founded on the premise that people do their most important work in teams. Yet, while there were many technologies available for assisting individuals, there were very few supporting tools for teams. CMI's collaboration research aimed at creating more effective and efficient teams by learning how to build systems that both leverage team strengths and mitigate weaknesses inherent in group work.
Research innovations from the CMI have been applied in hundreds of organizations, demonstrating the benefits of improved group performance. Seeing a need for focused group support systems, key University of Arizona researchers developed a suite of team-based decision software tools known as GroupSystems. The successful use of GroupSystems in the research arena led to its release as a commercial product in 1989. These tools provide users with the power and flexibility to help groups reach better decisions and perform complex tasks such as brainstorming, list building, information gathering, voting, organizing, prioritizing, and consensus building.
CMI continues to build on this legacy of collaboration research while expanding into new related areas such as information assurance and the detection of deception and intent.
Collaborative logging for situation awareness to promote communication and shorten the OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act) Cycle for decision makers.
StrikeCOM is a multi-player networked collaborative strategy game designed and built by CMI for experimentation and instruction.