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Orderness: An extension of decision problem alignment: Working paper series--02-19

Scherpereel, Christopher M. (2002) Orderness: An extension of decision problem alignment: Working paper series--02-19. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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Decision alignment is the essence of business management. Fundamentally, it involves the optimal matching of decision problem characteristic elements with decision problem approach elements. Most conceptualizations of alignment correctly focus on the identification of a misalignment; however, these conceptualizations fail to offer the theory needed to guide the decision-maker in ways to achieve alignment. The decision order alignment visualization described in this paper provides the theory for identifying misalignment coupled with an actionable tool for focusing change. The suggested methodology recognizes that regions along a hypothetical continuum best represent a decision problem's taxonomic classification. This taxonomic classification sorts decision problems into one of three classes or orders, where the "orderness" is defined as an indicator of how much the problem resembles the base class. Having identified the decision order(s) that is (are) misaligned, an action plan can be developed that targets change directly on the characteristic and/or the approach elements.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-19
Keywords: Working paper, decision making, decision alignment, decision order
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 23:29
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1618

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