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Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really...
Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This unit will help you understand some of the processes involved in decision making. Attention to the psychology of decision making and the social context in which decisions are made can improve your understanding of others and yourself.
By the time you have completed studying this unit, you should:
- have greater insight into your own decision-making processes and those of others;
- be able to use that insight to make more effective decisions;
- possess a range of different perspectives on what counts as an ‘effective’ decision;
- be better equipped to understand and influence the decision-making processes of other individuals and groups;
- understand better how people perceive and decide about risk.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Making decisions
- 2 Understanding your own approach
- 3 The rational-economic perspective and its problems
- 4 A psychological perspective
- 5 A sociological perspective
- 6 Risk and decision making
- 7 Making a difference to decision making
- Next steps
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This unit covers a few key topics that will help you to think in broad ways about how you and others take decisions; we shall also introduce you to some themes in social science which have direct relevance to managerial decision making. The approach of this unit is descriptive: rather than prescribing how you should make decisions we look at frameworks that will help you to understand how decisions are actually made. We aim to help you to develop greater insight into both your own decision making processes and those of others.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Making a difference (B830), which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Leadership and Management courses or view the range of currently available OU Leadership and Management courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 4th July 2013
Last updated on: Thursday, 4th July 2013
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