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Do you hate making decisions? Does the ability of others to make snap decisions really frustrate you? This free course 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.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- have greater insight into decision-making processes
- 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
- Keep on learning
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This course 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 course 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 OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts 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, 11th February 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 11th February 2016
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