Analysis of Decision Conferences (DC): The Impact of the Group's Cognitive Pressures in Problem Recognition Stage on Their Problem Formulation (Model Building) Activities During DC
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The main purpose of this research was to determine whether or not, and how the degree of cognitive pressure in problem recognition stage can affect the groups decision-making processes. The empirical basis for the study consists of records of groups problem formulation and solution activities carried out within 12 decision conferences. Following the general thesis that every decision conference can be categorized by the degree of groups cognitive pressure in their problem-recognition stage, the research concluded that 1 the degree of pressure evoked by the stimuli within a group appear to be inversely related to the amount of option generated to tackle the problem 2 group size and stratum are also important variables in assessing the groups perception of problems. Keywords Decision making, Organizational behavior problem solving, Cognitive psychology, Model building development.