Category: Judgement

Leader Decision Making: Balancing Company Needs Versus Employee Needs

Leaders are often met with paradoxes. Sometimes they must choose between the needs of the organization and the needs of their employees. But a recent study shows that it might not be necessary to choose just one side. How can Eastern cultural values help leaders please everyone? Can leaders really satisfy company needs as well as employee needs?

Evaluate Leaders

Stigma-by-Association: How Follower Characteristics Influence Evaluation of Leaders

It can be difficult to evaluate leaders. Do we judge them based on their actions, the success of the individuals in the group, or the group outcomes? Or is there some other way that we determine their effectiveness? Shocking new research shows that people may evaluate leaders based on the racial makeup of the people they are leading.

How to Conduct a Job Interview: Avoid the Sales Pitch

Job interviewers often have two goals in mind when meeting an applicant and conducting a job interview: Evaluate the candidate’s fit for the company or position, and “sell” the job to the prospective employee. A new study shows how this “selling orientation” negatively impacts interviewers’ judgment, suggesting a separation of the attraction and evaluation processes.

Personal Influence at Work

Your boss has more influence than you. The CEO has even more. Until you get to the upper ranks, your personal influence at work is likely to be small and unimportant. So goes popular thinking. However, new research indicates that not only might your boss’s boss have less influence than everyone believes, your own personal influence in the workplace may have a larger effect than you think.

Explaining Unethical Decision Making: The Problem with Tunnel-Vision

Topic: Ethics, Judgement Publication: Judgment and Decision Making Article: Is that the answer you had in mind? The effect of perspective on unethical behavior Authors: Schurr, A., Ritov, I., Kareev, Y., and Avrahami, J. Reviewer: Neil Morelli When someone makes a “bad” or unethical decision inside or outside the workplace,

Do Optimistic Predictions Lead to Quicker Completion Times?

Topic: Goals, Job Performance, Judgment Publication: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (JAN 2010) Article: Finishing on time: When do predictions influence completion times? Authors: R. Buehler, J. Peetz, and D. Griffin Reviewed By: Benjamin Granger Past research has shown that human beings often underestimate the amount of time necessary for

I Think, Therefore You Act

Topic: Decision Making, Judgement Publication: Academy of Management Journal Article: Cognition, capabilities, and incentives: Assessing firm response to the fiber-optic revolution. Blogger: Katie Bachman Well, it’s sometimes good to confirm what we already know (lucky for this article).  In this case the learning is that he (or she) who is in charge makes the rules.  Looking at CEOs from 71 communications firms, Kaplan makes a link between the interest of

Watch Your Head! Ceteris Paribus is Falling!

Topic: Decision Making, Judgement Publication: Academy of Management Article: Resolving the commitment versus flexibility tradeoff: The role of resource accumulation lags. Blogger: Katie Bachman Ceteris paribus—all else equal—is the economist’s favorite term. It covers all manner of sins because, as we know in psychology, nothing is ever equal or same or whatever. It is the assumption of no variance and it is the mark of an economics article, which is