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Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

Team Decision Making

Karl A. Smith

University of Minnesota

ksmith@umn.edu

www.ce.umn.edu/~smith

January 2005

Engineers Leadership Institute

Minnesota Society for

Professional Engineers


Team decision making the new they ll never take us alive
Team Decision Making…The New They'll Never Take Us Alive!!

The top fifteen causes of death in the United States in 1997 in alphabetical order. The data are based on an annual review of death certificates. Your task is to rank them in decreasing order of number of deaths caused each year. Place the number 1 next to the one that causes the most deaths, the number 2 by the next, and so forth.

To Group Members: TASKS

1. Individually determine the ranking.

2. Determine one ranking for the group.

3. Every group member must be able to explain the rationale for the group's ranking.

4. When your group finishes (each member has signed), (a) record your estimated number of fatalities in the U.S. for each, and then (b) compare your ranking with that of another group.


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

The New They'll Never Take Us Alive!!

Product or Activity Ranking Number of Fatalities

Accidents

Alzheimer's disease

Blood poisoning

Cancer

Diabetes

Hardening of arteries

Heart disease

HIV and AIDS

Homicide

Kidney disease

Liver disease

Lung disease

Pneumonia and influenza

Stroke

Suicide


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

Contact ksmith@umn.edu for rankings


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

  • Postdecision Questionaire

  • How understood and listened to did you feel in your group?

  • Not at all 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 Completely

  • 2. How much influence do you feel you had in your group’s decision making?

  • None 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 A great deal

  • How committed do you feel to the decision your group made?

  • None 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 A great deal

  • 4. How much responsibility do you feel for making the decision work?

  • None 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 A great deal

  • 5. How satisfied do you feel with the amount and quality of your participation in your group’s decision making

  • Dissatisfied 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 Satisfied

  • 6. Write one adjective that describes the atmosphere in your group during the decision making


They ll never take us alive team decision making process

How

Individual

Mathematical

Consensus

Iterative – H, M, L

Both ends toward the middle

Assumptions/Biases

Family/Friends

News

Youth

Geographic location

They’ll Never Take Us Alive Team Decision-Making Process


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

Johnson, D.W. & Johnson, F.P. 1991. Joining together: Group theory and group skills. Prentice-Hall


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

  • Methods of Decision Making

  • (Johnson & Johnson, 1991)

  • See Table Summarizing Disadvantages and Advantages

  • Decision by authority without discussion

  • Expert member

  • Average of member’s opinions

  • Decision by authority after discussion

  • Majority control

  • Minority control

  • Consensus


Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

  • Choice of Decision-Making Method

  • Depends On:

    • 1. The type of decision to be made.

    • 2. The amount of time and resources available.

    • The history of the group.

    • The nature of the task being worked on

    • The kind of climate the groups wishes to establish

    • The type of setting in which the group is working

  • Johnson & Johnson, 1991


  • Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

    • Characteristics of Effective Decisions:

      • The resources of the group members are well used.

      • Time is well used.

      • The decision is correct, or of high quality.

      • The decision is put into effect fully by all the necessary members' commitment.

      • The problem-solving ability of the group is enhanced.

    • Johnson & Johnson, 1991


    Two approaches to decision making garvin roberto 2001 harvard business review 79 8 108 116
    Two Approaches to Decision MakingGarvin & Roberto, 2001. Harvard Business Review, 79(8), 108-116.


    Team decision making karl a smith university of minnesota ksmith umn ce umn smith

    Gavin, David A. and Roberto, Michael A. 2001. What you don’t know about making decisions. Harvard Business Review, 79 (8), 108-116.