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Individual vs. Group Decision Making


In week four we examined biases that occur in making decisions as individuals and the effect they can have upon the process. In week five, we focused on individuals making decisions within an organization and in week six group decision making within the organization.  

The purpose of this assignment is to have the student demonstrate how individuals and groups can have differing ways of making decisions and when each should be used in business to its best effect.


Review “How to Analyze a Case Study”.

Introduction paragraph in which the decision process is described and its significance in business. The introductory paragraph is the first paragraph of the paper but is typically written after writing the body of the paper (Questions students responded to above).  View this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph:  http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/intro.html

Body Paragraphs

Summary paragraph. A summary paragraph restates the main idea(s) of the essay.  Make sure to leave a reader with a sense that the essay is complete.  The summary paragraph is the last paragraph of a paper.

In writing a case study, the writing is in the third person.  What this means is that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing). 

In writing this assignment, students are asked to support the reasoning using in-text citations and a reference list.  A reference within a reference list cannot exist without an associated in-text citation and vice versa.  View the sample APA paper under Week 1 content.

In writing this assignment, students are expected to paraphrase and not use direct quotes. 

Critically and analyze the scenario

In your paper, respond to the following elements of decision making:

Apply the decision process to create a decision statement;

·       Explain the factors in play for the father and daughter that could affect the decision making;

·       Explain the pros and cons of group and individual decision making;

·       Explain the factors (e.g. bias, consequences, decision-making styles) at work in the case for the could affect decision making for a team;

·       Discuss the authority the team should have and why.  Discuss the best type of group decision-making team for this situation. Who should comprise the team?  CASE-STUDY IS ATTACHED BELOW


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