An Analysis of Decision Making in a Military Population
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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This thesis of the investigation attempted to discern whether decision makers of different psychological types would react differently to information of varying quantities and in environments of varying time constraints and decision flexibility number of alternative solutions. A population of AFIT students was selected and defined by psychological instruments. The instruments chosen to classify the population were the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator, the Herrmann Brain Dominance Inventory and Rowes Decision Style and Values Inventories. Factor analysis techniques were used to further classify the participants into four basic categories Logical versus Emotional and Detailed versus Creative. A four by two by two experimental design was constructed by varying information quantity in four categories, time in two categories and flexibility in two categories. Each participant was measured in each of the sixteen cells of the resulting design. The measurement instrument for testing in this design was a scenario for each cell. Each scenario presented each participant with a situation testing his decision making process in terms of these parameters. Keywords include Psychological tests Air Force Officer Personnel Army Officer Personnel Personality tests and Military psychology.
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