ERIC Number: ED110621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Relationship Between Decision Maker's Education and Experience and Alternative Choice in Trade Off Decisions.
Barndt, Stephen E.
The importance of decision making to organizational existence has provided ample justification for many forms of research into the complex decision making process. The decision making process in modern, large organizations draws inputs from and provides outputs to many smaller internal decision units. Incompatible or conflicting inputs and outputs may result in wasteful suboptimizations. The research report of an investigation conducted among commissioned officers in the U.S. armed forces examines one possible underlying course of such conflicting inputs and outputs: the existence of differences in decision makers' formal education and work experience backgrounds. A decision making experiment was conducted to obtain information bearing on relationships between choice of alternatives and education background, work experience background, and the decision maker's prescribed role. It was found that there were tendencies toward differences in homogeneity of choice and in adaptability to a change in role among individuals categorized into several educational and experience background categories. Appendixes, which provide the test instruments, education and experience background categories, and test data specifying hypotheses of common choice and change in alternative when role changed, comprise half the document. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Inst. of Tech., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. School of Systems and Logistics.