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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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Decision Analysis Model: How Participative Do You Want to Be?

Leaders will be more effective if they understand that not every decision requires the input of their entire team. The amount of team participation varies along a continuum from zero to total involvement. How much participation is ideal? It is simply not practical to canvass and consult with the team on every organizational issue, but where to draw the line is unclear. The decision analysis model of Vroom and Yetton (1973) provides a useful mechanism for the manager to consider.

As can be seen in Figure 10-1, the key questions facing the leader concern the quality of the decision to be made (e.g., is it necessary to find the best outcome, given time and budget constraints, or are most ...

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