Accession Number : AD0656367

Title :   COMPONENTS OF DECISIONS IN A SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK N J

Personal Author(s) : Castore,Carl H. ; Streufert,Siegfried

Report Date : JUN 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 54

Abstract : Ten measures of decision making performance were calculated for data derived from 14 four-man groups (7 runs) of a tactical simulation. The data were factor analyzed to determine the relationships among the 10 measures, and the extent to which these measures, either singly or in combination, reflected the following aspects of decision making performance: (1) the degree of integration present in decision making; (2) the continuity over time of a strategic train of thought; (3) the interrelatedness among independent strategies; (4) the interconnectedness among aspects of a strategy; and (5) the ratio of 'quality to quantity' in decision making. The results indicated that the measures used reflected (1) the rate of decision making activity; (2) a time dimension related to integrative decision making; (3) the amount of integrative decision making activity; and (4) the ratio of quality to quantity in decision making. The interrelatedness among strategies and the interconnectedness of the aspects of a strategy failed to emerge as aspects of performance in this analysis. This failure was related to limitations in the decision making environment used in this study and to the measurement techniques. Suggestions are offered for the measurement of the various aspects of integrative decision making in future studies. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DECISION MAKING, *GROUP DYNAMICS), FACTOR ANALYSIS, SIMULATION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOR

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE