Decision Making Process

Essay by itgoddessUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, December 2008

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Earlier we discussed all types of subject matter of ethical behavior in an organization. Remember we discussed how the owner of the company set their own code of ethical conduct for their organization. Knowing the companies values and goals can help a leader or a team to come up with a plan to make a great decision if a problem arises. Sometime in life everyone has to make an important decision that could affect the wellbeing of themselves and others. There are several steps to decision making. Majority of the steps are in total of three, but I am going to discuss six.

The six steps of the decision making process are:•Step1: Define the problem•Step 2: Identify available alternative solutions to the problem•Step 3: Evaluate the identified alternatives•Step 4: Make the decision•Step 5: Implement the decision•Step 6: Evaluate the decisionStep 1: Define the Problem:Defining the problem is the most important step of decision making.

We all know this may sound simple, but it’s not. “One way of deciding if a problem exists is to couch the problem.” (Ethics resource center) You can couch the problem by asking specific questions that are describing the existing problem. “This is critical because how one defines a problem determines how one defines causes and where searches for solutions.” (Ethics resource center)Step 2: Identify available alternatives solutions to the problem:The best way to approach this step is not to have limited alternatives. You should be opened to new and better ideas that would help the problem. “This gets away from the trap of seeing both sides of the situation and limiting ones alternatives in two opposing choices; either this or that.” (Ethics research center) Having two or three alternatives to choose from is hard to accept when both of the outcomes are the same. Remember...