ERIC Number: ED028507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-6
Reference Count: 0
Some Limitations and Cautions in the Use of Quantitative Techniques in Decision-Making.
Monahan, William G.
Since computational procedure, processing equipment, and techniques are inert, nonhuman phenomena, only the man can be held accountable for decisions. There are three major limitations to the use of quantitative techniques in decision making: (1) The techniques used must be applicable to the problem and must reflect the purpose and scope of the problem, (2) the extent to which quantitative techniques are maximally useful to a decision maker is directly proportional to the expertise of the people he must depend upon to develop them, and (3) the consequence of the problem must be defined within limits, thus limiting the applicability of the results. Since man is accountable for the final decision, judgments regarding the value of any decision, plan, or procedure cannot be easily built in to any quantitative system. Precaution should be taken, therefore, not to limit decisions solely to those dictated by quantification. (HW)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Iowa Center for Research in School Administration.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 6, 1969).