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October 7th: Foundations of Problem Solving & Decision

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October 7th: Foundations of Problem Solving & Decision MGT 3304

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These notes cover the fundamentals of problem-solving and some basic elements of rational decision making.
Management Theory and Leadership Practice
Steve C Matuszak
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Management, MGT, Leadership, business, 3304




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Date Created: 10/07/16
MGT notes 10.7.16 Foundations of Problem Solving & Decision making:  Problem: where are you & where would you like to be  Solution: gap btw existing/desired state; tactic to close the gap  Problem solving: process of identifying the gap; what is it that we want & where are we really Problem solving/analyzing: 1. Identify problem: frame it a. If you don’t frame it correctly, could solve the wrong problem 2. Determine characteristics of appropriate solutions 3. Identify/develop alternative solutions 4. Analyze/evaluate alternative solutions 5. Select alternative solution 6. Implement solution 7. Evaluate whether solution closed gap  Keys to problem solving:  Frame problem well 2 frequent problems:  Jumping to identification of solutions before problem is understood  Stopping identification of solutions too soon Rational decision making:  Rational o Choices are consistent & value­maximizing  Expected value  Bounded rationality o Behavior is rational within parameters of simplified/constrained model that captures  essential features of a problem  Eliminating by aspects  Satisficing  Biases & Heuristics  Heuristics: using judgmental shortcuts o Availability: tendency for ppl to base judgments using only info readily available to  them o Representativeness: tendency to generalize from small sample/single event o Confirmation bias: seek info to support you POV o Sunk cost bias: managers add up $ already spent on project & conclude it’s too costly to  abandon


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