MGMT591 Decision Making and Perception

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MGMT591 Decision Making and Perception
Poor quality decisions are endemic in business today. As Paul Nutt remarked in his 2002…

 

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MGMT591 Decision Making and Perception

MGMT591 Decision Making and Perception

Discussions Week 2 All Students Posts 73 Pages 

Poor quality decisions are endemic in business today. As Paul Nutt remarked in his 2002 book, Why Decisions Fail, “Half of the decisions made in organizations fail, making failure far more prevalent than previously thought” (p. 22). Unfortunately, things have not improved dramatically since then.  Fortunately, we have a useful body of knowledge available to help us improve our decision making skill. We’ll begin with a case study to get at some basic decision making fundamentals coupled with additional material I’ll share as we explore this important topic.
Here is our case study on decision making. Discussion questions found at the end of the case document. Address only ONE question at a time. What is your assessment of the Admiral’s decision-making process? Consider the steps in the decision-making process. What steps were skipped or short-circuited?

  1. What type of decision making environment characterized the decision frame in this case? [Structured? Unstructured? Ambiguous? Uncertain?]
  2. What decision-making traps (biases) are evident in this case?
  3. If you were Kimmel’s advisor, what antidotes to the common biases and errors would you have suggested to help his decision-making process?
  4. What role does intuition play in the decision-making process?
  5. Do you see any evidence of groupthink in this case?
  6. Do you detect any individual differences or organizational constraints evident in this case impacting the decision-making process?
  7. Did you see any evidence of creative thinking in this case study?
  8. If you knew then what you know now, how would you have redesigned Kimmel’s structures and processes so that effective decision-making could occur?
  9. BONUS QUESTION: Apply the Paul & Elder model to critical thinking to identify any flaws in the Adm. Kimmel decision making process. Review the model here: https://www.criticalthinking.org/ctmodel/logic-model1.htm

and here:
http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/applied-disciplines-a-critical-thinking-model-for-engineerin/578

What is the most important lesson you take from this case?  Can the SUTFS partially explain Dr. Jones’s dilemma?…