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Decision Making in Groups

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Language: English

Short Description: The process of decision making involves a number of steps that can simplify the process, if not the decision itself. Identifying the issue at hand is clearly the first step. From there, it is necessary to gather the required information to help figure out what sort of solution would work best. After formulating solutions, you can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, until you can finally make your selection and complete the process.

Which steps you follow and how you follow them is in part determined by what sort of decision you make. Depending on such factors as the nature of the situation and your own decision-making style, your decision for any given situation may be rational—or it may be based on intuition. If you are faced with a situation in which you have all the facts and everything is clearly spelled out, you will be able to make a rational, pragmatic decision. If you have a situation that isn’t as clear, your decisions will likely be more intuitive—based on “feeling” rather than anything tangible. Intuitive decisions may be based on feeling, but in fact they are probably less random than we think. Our decision-making process, even when we make intuitive decisions, is based in part on our own knowledge, experience, and personal values. Sometimes a situation will be so unusual that it will call for a more creative approach to decision making than just following a series of steps. And for some situations, the decision doesn’t have to be perfect—there are times when a decision that’s “good enough” is all that is needed.

Instructor Description: This class is an independent-study course.  Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material.  A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.