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Explain the rational model of group decision making in terms of a real life example.
Select a problem at work and then discuss each step through which you would lead a group to reach a decision.

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I have provided an example of how you might apply the steps of the rational decision making model to a problem one might face in a bookstore environment. Good Luck and I am sure you will do well on this assignment.

Rational decision making is a logically progressive series of steps undertaken by an individual or group, with the objective of finding the best outcome. An example of the application of the steps to rational decision making from my experience at work would be the problem of who will work on weekends. The bookstore is open seven days a week, but closes early on Sunday. No one seems to want to work on weekends, so I have been asked by the manager to work every weekend as I am the newest member of staff.

DEFINE THE SITUATION/DECISION TO BE MADE

The decision to be ...

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Rational decision making is a logically progressive series of steps undertaken by an individual or group, with the objective of finding the best outcome. An example of the application of the steps to rational decision making from my experience at work would be the problem of who will work on weekends. The bookstore is open seven days a week, but closes early on Sunday. No one seems to want to work on weekends, so I have been asked by the manager to work every weekend as I am the newest member of staff.

DEFINE THE SITUATION/DECISION TO BE MADE

The decision to be made is whether the same person has to work every weekend, as is presently done, or if the sales staff can take turns. If we have to stick to the same person, namely me, working every weekend, then can someone else take that schedule? I would first ask my manager these questions at ...

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