Mgt/230 Decision Making Paper

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Decision Making Paper Edna Crary MGT/230 February 10, 2014 Nick Bertoni Decision Making Paper An important decision the author of this paper made in her life was continuing her education after completing her Associate Degree. This decision was hard for the writer because there were factors she faced in her life that could interfere with her plans. These factors included a full-time job; supporting her adult daughter who had moved back home after losing her job two years before; and a resultant bankruptcy due to the writer’s efforts to assist her daughter in paying her expenses. In addition, she was dealing with grief from the fairly recent deaths of two important family members, and battling an illness that sometimes left her scarcely…show more content…
She met with an enrollment advisor but learned the local campus classes scheduled in the upcoming months were the same credits she had taken in the Associate Degree program. The classes she needed to take were not scheduled to begin for nearly six months. The author decided to investigate options that would allow her to begin classes earlier. According to the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, generating alternative solutions requires brainstorming to find a variety of ideas that can be used in all stages of the problem solving process (Rebori, M. K. 2013). The author did not find many favorable options, but she worked with the local campus and online academic advisors to determine the possibility of attending some online classes that could be applied to the Bachelor Degree program until the necessary local campus classes…show more content…
One step she missed was, “Evaluating the Alternatives,” step three in the Stages of Decision Making (Bateman & Snell. 2011). Had she found more than one alternative, she may have had a different outcome—one more favorable than settling for the continued struggle of online courses. After some reflection, she determined she may have waited until the campus courses were available before enrolling. Still, she resolved to stand by her decision until her goal was finally reached, in spite of any further difficulties she may encounter, which she was confident could be resolved. References Bateman, T. S., & Snell, S. A. (2011). Management: Leading & collaborating in a competitive world (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin. Louisianna State, U. (2013). Louisianna State University. Retrieved from http://www.civilservice.louisiana.gov/files/divisions/Training/Manuals/EffectiveProblemSolvingandDecisionMaking.pdf Rebori, M. K. (2013). Problem Solving Techniques. Retrieved from http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/cd/other/fs9854.pdf Toolbox, T. (2013). The Community Toolbox. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/analyze/analyze-community-problems-and-solutions/generate-solutions/main University of South Australia. (November, 2013). Problem Solving. Retrieved from
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