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Management 13th Edition

Management (13th Edition)

Book Edition13th Edition
PublisherCengage Learning
Why Do Managers Make Bad Decisions
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Chapter 9, Why Do Managers Make Bad Decisions, MANAGER'S Shoptalk, Exercise 1
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All of us have biases, but most of us have a hard time seeing our own. What biases influence your decisions and solutions to problems? Answer the following questions to get an idea of the difficulties and mistakes that likely await you as a new manager.

A piece of paper is folded in half, in half again, etc. After 100 folds, how thick will it be? Take your best guess: ________. I am 90 percent sure that the correct answer lies between ________ and ________.


Sources: Questions 1 and 3-6 are from research studies reviewed in Scott Plous, The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993); question 2 is based on an item in the Creativity in Action Newsletter, as reported in Arthur B. VanGundy, Idea Power: Techniques & Resources to Unleash the Creativity in Your Organization (New York: AMACOM, 1992).


It is scientifically impossible to fold a paper 100 times. The question intends to make an individual understand the manager's bias, not to answer such a question. The factors that an individual takes into account while coming to an answer are what determines the amount of bias.

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  • 4 cm

  • 3 cm

  • 5 cm

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