Energizing the “Zoom-bie” Experience: Understanding virtual meetings through the influence of speaking times on perceived meeting satisfaction
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- Master of Science 
In this study, our objective was three-fold. Firstly, we wanted to better understand virtual meetings through the influence of meeting participation (i.e., meeting energy and meeting engagement) on perceived meeting satisfaction. In this respect, we hypothesized that meeting energy and meeting engagement would each positively relate to meeting satisfaction. Secondly, we tried to discover the effects of meeting size, meeting length, and meeting leader presence, respectively, on meeting participation. For these meeting factors, we assumed that each would bear negative relationships with our meeting participation constructs. Lastly, we sought to find a negative relationship between meeting size and perceived meeting satisfaction, as well as a negative relationship between meeting length and perceived meeting satisfaction. To analyze these relationships, we collected 23 virtual meeting recordings from five different organizations. In addition, we had each meeting participant answer a survey measuring perceived meeting satisfaction shortly after each meeting was held. We then incorporated speech analysis software (i.e., ELAN 6.0) in order to measure the speaking time of each meeting participant. Overall, our results confirmed several of our hypotheses: meeting size, meeting length, and meeting leader presence each shared a negative relationship with both meeting energy and meeting engagement. In addition, meeting size, as we anticipated, was shown to have a direct, negative relationship with meeting satisfaction. However, we failed to notice a significant relationship between meeting length and meeting satisfaction, or a significant relationship between meeting energy and meeting satisfaction. Lastly, and opposite to what we intended to find, our results showed a direct, negative relationship between meeting engagement and meeting satisfaction. This study adds to the existing literature on the developing field of meeting science by emphasizing the concept of participation within virtual meetings and its worthwhile relationship with meeting satisfaction. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2021