Decision Making Approaches Essay

2742 Words Apr 24th, 2008 11 Pages
I Introduction
A job for a leader is to make decisions. Most managers or executives have to engage in some aspect of decision making including coming up with ideas, evaluative alternatives, or implementing directives (Brousseau et al., 2006). However, it could be a critical issue for decision makers to build up proper decisions in various situations. Hence, how to adopt suitable technique in decision making processes is a significant text for them. This essay firstly is going to discuss the benefits of automated decision making due to improvement of technology, such as effective quality and services. Yet, abundant limitations including environmental changes and professional shortages will be illustrated in the next part. Furthermore,
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Hence, those decision making processes tend to adapt to the changing environment rapidly. According to Elbanna and Child (2007), environmental uncertainty does not affect the relationship between strategic decision making processes and strategic decision effectiveness. Moreover, the findings outlined that getting used to living with environmental uncertainty can lead Egyptian decision makers to discount the uncertainty while making decisions (Elbanna and Child, 2007). The following sections will discuss different decision making processes. The rational dimension will be presented first.

“Rationality is the reason for doing something and to judge a behaviour as reasonable is to be able to say that the behaviour is understandable within a given frame of reference” (Butler, 2002: 226 cited in Elbanna and Child, 2007; 433). Mintzberg and Westley (2001) also clearly defined rational process: define → diagnose → design → decide. Rational processes have been recognized as a core aspect of the strategic decision making approach in much literature (Elbanna and Child, 2007). Brousseau et al. (2006) claimed that “satisfiers” are ready to act as soon as they obtain enough information to satisfy their needs. Based on the concept, Brousseau et al. (2006) classified four styles of decision making: decisive (little information, one

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