Essay on Case Study - Outstanding Faculty

916 Words Jun 19th, 2013 4 Pages
CASE STUDY: The Outstanding Faculty Award

This case study outlines the steps taking by a committee to during the process as well as the solution to those problems will be discussed. The case study lays out the decisions taken by this formal committee. The task at hand is to choose the most outstanding faculty on the basis of various parameters. Three meetings were conducted by the committee to arrive at a decision for selecting the most suitable faculty of the year. In the first meeting, the committee decided to receive nominations from various faculty and students. When nominations were closed the team members had six from which to choose. All six were not well known by all team members so they took the nominations home to
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Application of Individual Decision Making Theories The problem in the case study can be solved by implementing the individual decision making theories that relate to rationality model, and judgmental heuristic and biases model. The bounded rationality model states that the individual takes rational decision but, influence by practical situation, and social environment affects the decision power of top management. The analysis of the case study depicts that the members of the committees were influenced and dominated by other faculty members, which led to several changes in the performance measurement system. This increases the biases among employees of the organization (Zetterquist, Mullern, & Styhre, 2011). The judgmental heuristic model states that the decision maker is more influenced by biases and cognitive factors, which reduces the efforts to make reliable decision in evaluating honest performance. In the case study, the decision of the committee was also dominated by some of its members, as they were against the performance evaluation criteria. The committee had developed the positive perception toward the lower rated faculty for the outstanding faculty award even though Dr. H was not among the top scorers. The committee members were not attentive to the suitability of heuristic, which led to the wrong decision (Shapira, 2002). Good leadership principles would also dictate that committee members in positions of authority

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