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Steven L. McShane

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Chapter 10: Decision Making and Employee Involvement

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    Self-Assessment

    Decision-Making Style Inventory
    PURPOSE: This self-assessment exercise is designed to help you estimate your preferred style of decision making.
    INSTRUCTIONS: Listed below are statements describing how individuals go about making important decisions. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with each statement. Answer each item as truthfully as possible so that you get an accurate estimate of your decision-making style. Then click on the 'Score' button to calculate your results. This exercise is completed alone so that students can assess themselves honestly without concerns of social comparison. However, class discussion will focus on the decision-making style that people prefer in organizational settings.

    1. I make decisions based more on facts than on my gut instincts.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    2. I feel more comfortable making decisions in a logical and systematic way.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    3. When making decisions, I rely on my intuition more than anything else.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    4. When I make a decision, it is more important for me to feel the decision is right than to have a rational reason for it.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    5. I won't make a choice that doesn't feel right, even when the facts indicate it is the right choice.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    6. My decision making tends to involve careful analysis of facts and weighting of decision criteria.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    7. When I make a decision, I trust my inner feelings and reactions.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    8. The best decisions I make are based on detailed analysis of factual information.

    Strongly Agree
    Agree
    Neutral
    Disagree
    Strongly Disagree

    Inspired from ideas in C.W. Allinson and J. Hayes, "The Cognitive Style Index: A Measure of Intuition-Analysis for Organizational Research," Journal of Management Studies, 33 (1996), pp. 119-35; S.G. Scott and R.A. Bruce, "Decision-Making Style: The Development and Assessment of a New Measure," Educational & Psychological Measurement, 55 (October 1995), pp. 818-31.


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