CONCEPTUAL STRUCTURE, INCREASING FAILURE AND DECISION MAKING.
PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND
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Eleven dyads of simple and eleven dyads of complex conceptual structure participated in an experimental controlled simulation. Subjects were exposed to increasing failure levels. The proportion of failure messages per one-half hour period of play varied from one out of seven during the first period of play to six out of seven during the sixth period of play. Decision integration by groups of subjects was measured by 1 calculating the number of decisions which were strategically related a second decision was planned for the future when an original decision was planned as a precondition for the later decision, and by 2 calculating the number of decisions which were related to each other strategically or pragmatically post hoc relationship. It was found that the data generally support positions of complexity theory. In general, moderate failure levels produce more decision integration than either low or high failure levels. Complex dyads produce more integrations than simple dyads. One of the two analyses indicated that complex dyads reach optimum decision integration characteristics under higher failure levels than simple dyads. Author