2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Decision Making: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Clair A. Reynolds
Dr. Candy Young, Faculty Mentor

Decision making has become a topic of great interest in a variety of fields and plays a significant role in our everyday lives. This paper addresses differences in the approaches to the study of decision making at the individual and group levels and examines potential cross-cutting themes in the literature. Analysis of the limitations of certain approaches will be discussed as well as the benefits that can be gained by studying decision making from the perspective of multiple disciplines, including psychology and political science. The relationships and impacts of various leadership styles on decision making processes will then be examined, and how these too play a role across multiple disciplines. The paper will end by addressing what directions the literature is taking in terms of burgeoning theories and application.

Keywords: Decision Making, Leadership, Groups, Individual

Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 115-1
Location: MG 1090
Time: 8:00

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