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1. How could the direct method be useful in making decisions?

2. After researching the reciprocal method, I am in complete agreement the reciprocal method being the most efficient cost allocation method. According to an accounting resource, the reciprocal method is a method of allocating service department costs to other organizational departments, which results in providing full recognition to interdepartmental services. Lastly, I also learned the reciprocal method allocates service department costs in both directions. Can someone add to this?

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1. How could the direct method be useful in making decisions?

The direct method is usually the most useful in making decisions in a number of ways. For example, if I need to get something done immediately for my supervisor, then I could do it myself, and not go through the chain of command to accomplish it. Furthermore, I can get the approval after it is complete without facing any kind of repercussions from those that would possibly think otherwise. However, when this is a norm in the workplace, an individual is able to make sure that he or she is able to obey the norms of the culture in ...

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"Everyone around this place just follows the status quo. No one ever has any unique ideas on how we can make this organization better. You just sit here and wait for me to give you directions on what to do. Then you follow those directions word-for-word without asking any questions or making any improvements. We need to change this attitude and change it quickly."

He then pointed out each of your group members stated, "I'm assigning you all to a working group. Your goal is to help me fix this problem. I want you to work together, do some research, and come up with concrete ideas and suggestions to fix this problem."

Your group must do analysis, have discussions (either via the small group chat or discussion board) and come to a consensus to prepare a report (paper) that addresses the following:

Part 1 - Define the term "group" after discussion with your fellow team members. Avoid repeating a dictionary definition. For this scenario what would constitute a "group"?

Part 2 - Are there any differences in how individuals and groups make decisions? If so what are they?

Part 3 - Identify the applicable decision concepts (theories, principles, paradoxes, etc.) from our learning all semester (not just the group decision concepts identified in Unit 5) that your group believes will best explain what is occurring within the organization. Be sure your group provides rational to support each of the concepts your group identifies.

Study Material The Psychology of Judgment and Decision making(Plous) Chapter 17-18 and earlier theories and thoughts concerning Decision Making concepts.

Part 4 - Identify at least three (3) recommendations (from your group to the CEO) that will help him improve or overcome the current decision making conditions within the organization.

thank you for your insight and professional thoughts.
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