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Improving the Decision-making by Managers: Choice Architecture
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
A different approach towards improving decision making is 'Choice Architecture'.
In every organization, employees tend to make decisions that will neither benefit their employer nor themselves. According to Beshears (2015), this happens not because those employees are stupid, but rather because of certain patterns in the human brain that lead us to:
- Underestimate the time needed for a certain task;
- Neglect critical information;
- Overestimate our own ability to perform certain jobs;
- Fail to take advantage of company benefits that are in our best interests.

The author argues that its very difficult to rewire such patterns in our brains. Rather than focusing on rewiring the wires, it could be possible to adjust the ENVIRONMENT in which decisions are made. By doing so, the likelihood of employees making better decisions is increased.

The following 5 steps are recommended:
1. UNDERSTANDING THE WAY DECISIONS ARE MADE:...Sign up
 

 
Improved Decision Making by Managers
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
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In my opinion, effective decision making is criterion related. Whether one quickly thinks of an alternative or needs time to arrive at various ...Sign up
 

 
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The Importance of Developing Decision Criteria
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
Decision criteria should relate metrics directly to the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of the organization. Decision makers first establis...Sign up
 

 
How to Ensure ETHICAL Decision-making by Managers
libin xiao, Student (MBA), China, Member
According to Grove et. Al (2007), a balanced thinking style of both linear and nonlinear is advocated to improve managerial ethical decisions.
I ...Sign up
 

 
The Importance of CONFIDENCE in the Decision Criteria
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
During my last leg of service, a close associate asked me:
'Sir, what is the secret of your success?'
I said: 'Good Decision Criteria'.
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Decision-making is the Core Job of a Manager
Varun, India, Member
The core job of a manager is to make quick, calculative and wise decisions. The results may be unknown and the manager needs to keep an eagle's eye on...Sign up
 

 
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Zoniaina, Coach, Madagascar, Member
How to make a decision?
- Put first thing first
- Know and then do
- Do and then learn
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Context of Decision Making Process
Boris Verbitsky, Entrepreneur, Israel, Premium Member
There are dozens of decision making strategies and tactics. But if we divide the decision making process into two patterns: QU...Sign up
 

 
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Barney Wade Howard, Manager, United States, Member
Good Article. I know I often have to use both forms of decision making that you outlined. Sometimes there is only time to put a band-aid on something ...Sign up
 

 
Issues of a Choice Architecture
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Member
Making mistakes is a part of being human, and completely eliminating mistakes is impossible.
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Choice Architecture Must Include Decision Making and Follow Through
Briolett, Manager, Canada, Member
It's important not to over-look the follow through of all employees in the decision making process. As managers we gain experience making business dec...Sign up
 

 
Including Follow Through In Choice Architecture
Vijay Bhatia, Consultant, India, Member
Yes! Itís important that decisions made by the managers are understood and enhanced by all concerned. The negativity of the views and lack of proper a...Sign up
 

 
 



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