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Ch 10: Individual Decision Making in Organizations: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Individual Decision Making in Organizations chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach decision-making models applicable to organizations in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Individual Decision Making in Organizations chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Rational decision making Decision criteria and steps in the rational decision-making model
Tuesday Bounded rationality and intuitive decision making Satisfice, heuristic biases, the administrative man theory and the elements of intuition
Wednesday The Vroom-Yetton-Jago normative decision model Leadership styles suited to the autocratic, consultative and group decision-making models
Thursday Decision-making styles Analytical, directive, conceptual and behavioral styles of decision making
Friday Biases and judgment errors Ability- and information-type biases, escalation of commitment bias, randomness errors and risk aversion errors

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: Individual Decision Making in Organizations: Lesson Plans
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The Rational Decision Making Model: Steps and Purpose in Organizations

1. The Rational Decision Making Model: Steps and Purpose in Organizations

Managers often rely on fact-based analytical decision making. Rational decision making can be very beneficial in the business world and differs from intuitive processes in several ways. Learn more about both decision-making tools, and find out which process provides the best solutions.

Bounded Rationality and Decision Making in Organizations

2. Bounded Rationality and Decision Making in Organizations

Managers have to make either intuitive or rational decisions every day. However, the rational decision-making process is not always an option. The bounded rationality model was developed to explain making rational choices under time constraints and other pressures.

Intuitive Decision Making in Business and Management

3. Intuitive Decision Making in Business and Management

Managers often rely on patterns and intuition to make quick decisions. Intuitive decision making can be very beneficial in the business world and differs from rational processes in several ways. Learn more about both decision-making tools and find out which process provides the best solutions.

The Vroom-Yetton Leader Participation Model: Rethinking Business Decision Making

4. The Vroom-Yetton Leader Participation Model: Rethinking Business Decision Making

Leaders in an organizational environment have to make decisions daily. The Vroom-Yetton-Jago Normative Decision Model helps explain when and how to have employees participate in decision making.

Decision Making Styles: Directive, Analytical, Conceptual and Behavioral

5. Decision Making Styles: Directive, Analytical, Conceptual and Behavioral

Every leader prefers a different way to contemplate a decision. The four styles of decision making are directive, analytical, conceptual and behavioral. Each style is a different method of weighing alternatives and examining solutions.

Common Biases and Judgment Errors in Decision Making

6. Common Biases and Judgment Errors in Decision Making

In order for companies to be successful they have to be able to learn from their mistakes. One way they can do that is to identify biases and errors that might occur during decision making.

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