Category: Decision Making

Flex-Time: Does Your Manager Think You’re Working Hard or Hardly Working?

The present study builds theory regarding flexible work practices (FWPs). Integrating theory on signaling and attributions, the authors propose that managers interpret employees’ use of FWPs as a signal of organizational commitment, depending on whether managers make productivity or personal life attributions for employees’ FWP use.

Handle with Care: Ensuring That Downsizing Decisions are Made for the Right Reasons (IO Psychology)

Among the many personnel-related processes that organizations engage in, downsizing is undoubtedly one of the most dreaded by everyone involved. The employees themselves who lose their jobs often face financial hardships, while the employees who remain employed by the organization may face an increased workload and

Email Etiquette: The Unwritten Rules We Follow

Topic: Culture, Decision Making Publication: Administrative Science Quarterly (SEP 2012) Article: Appeasing Equals: Lateral Deference in Organizational Communication Authors: Alison R. Fragale, John J. Sumanth, Larissa Z. Tiedens, and Gregory B. Northcraft Reviewed By: Susan Rosengarten Lets face it. We’re all addicted to checking our email. How many of us

Using data to make smart decisions: 1 + 1 = It’s Not That Simple

Topic: Business Strategy, Decision Making, Evidence Based Management, Statistics Publication: Harvard Business Review (APR 2012) Article: Good Data Won’t Guarantee Good Decisions Authors: S. Shah, A. Horne, and J. Capellá Reviewed By: Megan Leasher   When we were in grade school, we learned that 1 + 1 = 2.  We

Big Decision? Take some time to think about it (IO Psychology)

Topic: Decision Making, Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Journal (FEB 2012) Article: Contemplation and conversation: Subtle influences on moral decision making Authors: Gunia, B. C., Wang, L., Huang, L., Wang, J., & Murninghan, J. K. Reviewed By: Katie Bachman In the workplace, important decisions can hinge on the ethical strength

Minority Opinions: A Vital Role in Team Success

Topic: Teams, Decision Making
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (SEP 2010)
Article: A Multilevel Model of Minority Opinion Expression and Team Decision-Making Effectiveness
Authors: G. Park, R.P. DeShon
Reviewed By: Ben Sher

I’ll Have What She’s Having … An Explanation for Inaccurate Group Decisions

Topic: Decision Making
Publication: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Article: Knowing others’ preferences degrades the quality of group decisions (MAY 2010)
Author: A. Mojzisch, S. Schulz-Hardt
Reviewed by: Sarah Teague

Workplace Fairness: Crucial for Powerful Supervisors

Topic: Decision Making, Fairness, Trust
Publication: Journal of Applied Psychology (May, 2010)
Article: The Role of Authority Power in Explaining Procedural Fairness Effects
Authors: M. van Dijke, D. De Cremer, D.M. Mayer
Reviewed By: Ben Sher