INF 2149 Administrative Decision Making in Information Organizations

2016 Fall Term Course Schedule

1-2. Sep 14, 21. Individual Decision Making

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3. Sep 28. Group Decision Making

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Case Discussion. NASA Space Shuttle Challenger Launch Decision, January, 1986. Come to class prepared to discuss the dynamics of group decision making in this case.

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4-8. Organizational Decision Making Models

Introduction to and comparison of major models of organizational decision making, including discussions of their implications for information seeking, information use, and information provision.

4. Oct 5. Rational Model

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Case discussion. Designing Decision Premises and Decision Routines - FI Admission Process

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5. Oct 12. Strategic Decision Process Model

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Case discussion. AOL - Time Warner Merger. Read the following articles from the New York Times (Jan 16, 2000). Come prepared to discuss the events, phases, and cycles in the unfolding of the merger decision.

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6. Oct 19. Political Model

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Case discussion. Cuban Missile Crisis. Read the case, and come prepared to discuss the events, players and actions in the development of the US response to the crisis. For a fuller account read "Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis" (Allison and Zelikow, 1999, Chapter 6, pg. 325-347).

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7. Oct 26. Garbage Can Model

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Case discussion. Elimination of Speech Program in a University. Be prepared to discuss the flow of events, decisions, and decision makers in this case. For a fuller account read March and Olsen (1976) Ambiguity and Choice in Organizations: pg. 254-258.

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Assignment 1 due on Oct 31, 2016.


8. Nov 2. Contingency Decision Making Framework

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Information Seeking and Use in Decision Making

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Nov 7 - 11. Reading Week: no classes.


9. Nov 16. Guest speakers

10-12. Nov 23, 30; Dec 7. Student Case Presentations