Decision Making Styles: Classification System, Contextual Analysis and Validation of Classification System

Styles de Prise de Décisions: Système de Classification, Analyse Contextuelle et Validation du Système de Classification


  1. Bruyn Martin, L.
  2. Bandali, F.
  3. Lamoureux, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The Joint Command Decision Support for the 21st Century Technology Demonstration (JCDS 21 TD) project investigates individual and organizational factors, as well as technology, with respect to decision making. As part of the JCDS 21 TD work plan, it is necessary to gain an understanding of current scientific research on human decision making, individual differences, and the potential to identify consistent individual preference for specific decision making styles. Research has indicated that a variety of individual factors affect the way in which people make decisions. In addition, individual strategies can be more or less suited to different kinds of task domains. Thus, it is important to develop an understanding of the individual differences in decision making strategies or approaches. In particular, this work seeks to identify separate decision strategies within an organized categorization scheme which is based on empirical research. This framework will serve as the basis for then exploring the individual factors that predict the use of given strategies as well as the consistency with which individuals favour any given strategy. The ultimate aim of this work was the development of a survey tool that can be used to classify the kinds of decision strategies consistently adopted by an individual. This work represents follow-on work from a literature survey in which a review was conducted of current scientific literature relevant to decision making styles and person-based, soc

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Task domains;Decision strategies;Decision-making styles;Individual differences
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-063 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2006
Number of Pages
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