Unit 3 Final Version - Decision Making 1 The Decision...

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Decision Making 1 The Decision Making Styles through the Eyes of Various Organizations Philip Sumner Dannielle Olivares Judith Christman Amanda Courtemanche Management 350 Professor Richards March 1, 2010
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Decision Making 2 The Decision Making Styles through the Eyes of Various Organizations Organizations have many different styles to choose from when making decisions. These styles include Democratic, Autocratic, Collective-Participative, and Consensus. The contributing team members of this paper have researched their particular organizations to find the most prevalent decision making styles used within their organizations. Throughout this paper the reader will learn which company uses which style, the advantages and disadvantages of the style used within that company, and the impact that each style has on each organizations stakeholders. The last section of this paper will dissect the various styles by comparing and contrasting the similarities, and differences within each. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections The decision making style most prevalent to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) is the collective participative. The collective-participative style is explained as involving team members in the decision making process while the ultimate commander has the full responsibility of the decision and outcome of the decision (Leadership Management Development Center Inc, 1997). In 1991 the DOC went to an incident command system (ICS) for responses to emergencies. The ICS system designed for the DOC breaks the staff into teams such as: 1. Incident Command- In charge of entire operation 2. Logistics- In charge of setting up resources food, water, and shelter 3. Operations- In charge of performing all duties inside and outside perimeter groups, building entry, hostage recovery, etc
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Decision Making 3 4. Planning- Is in charge of keeping up on the status of the incident and all resources used 5. Public Information- In charge of news and media releases to the public 6. Liaisons- In charge of being the primary contact for supporting agencies 7. Safety- In charge of ensuring that all safety procedures are being followed 8. Finance - In charge of paying the bills for the outside resources used Each of these teams has a specific set of post orders that they must follow during the event of an emergency. Each team will report directly to their team leader and their team leader will then pass this information onto the decision making staff. Strengths This system is a good approach to resolving a major situation. The reasons this is such an effective approach are it minimizes confusion, it breaks focal points down to specific teams, and information passes through a filter system by team members. The information passes from the team member to the team leader and the team leaders decide whether or not to pass that information onto decision making staff. This system is beneficial because it is so universal. This system also lets the organization prepare for almost any situation. Weaknesses
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Unit 3 Final Version - Decision Making 1 The Decision...

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