Behavioural Decision Making

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Behavioural Decision Making



Dr. Panch Ramalingam



M/s. P.R. Books,
New Delhi - 110 009,



March 2001









Rs. 250/-



Decision making is a cognitive process of analysing various possible solutions to a particular problem and arraying at a particular solution for a future course of action. The process of decision making involves series of steps such as identifying the problem, determining goals and objectives for solving the problem, gathering necessary information/data, formulating an analytical model of the problem, selecting preferred alternatives to be evaluated, and properly implementing the preferred alternative to make decisions. As every decision involves some risk, decisions should be made with precautions. The behavioural decision making research studies enumerated in this book explain in depth of how individuals make decisions and how they differ from others. The decision making styles of the adolescence, mental health and occupational preferences of the students, and decision making patterns of the teachers are discussed in detail. The results emerged from these findings are the need of the hour for the implementation and uplift of human resources. This book is first of its kind and every aspect of decision making styles elucidated is certainly useful to the modern society in general and each individual in particular.


Dr. K.K. Tiwari

Director, UGC-Academic Staff College,
RD University, Jabalpur

I had the occasion to go through the manuscript during my recent visit to Pondicherry.

The author, Dr.Panch. Ramalingam, who has an authority over the subject has compiled in nut shell all information available so far on "Behavioural Decision Making". Decision is a choice made from available alternatives. A decision is not arrived at all of a sudden but involves a number of steps.

In the first chapter, the author has dealt with the implications, limitations, significants and conceptual frame of decision making styles. He has made an extensive research to investigate the relation- ship between behavioural patterns of decision making styles and other variables. The second chapter has solely been devoted to the studies done so far in the field of(i) decision making (ii) self-esteem and (iii) mental health. The varied nature of these studies has highlightened their relevance in the present context and the author has therefore taken up these issues in his present studies, which are based on a suitable population.

Chapter 3 to 9 deal in detail the work done by the author or various aspects of decision making with sample population. With these studies the author has tried to find out whether there was any significant difference in terms of psychological and demographic variables. It also tested a few hypotheses such as the relationship between self esteem as a decision maker and decision making styles.

Since the decision making in counselling is a new area in occupational research, this study will help future researchers to examine the occupational preferences and decision self-esteem and the decision making behaviour of other societies.

The author has tried to enumerate certain methods to evaluate decision making patterns. His findings will be useful in guiding the students, teachers and parents through understanding the significance of the decision making styles, occupational preferences, mental health, etc. These investigations will be a fruitful contribution to the knowledge of decision making and education in general and to the existing knowledge of the decision making and occupational preferences of the students in particular.

I hope this volume will go a long way to satisfy the needs of students, teachers, parents and researchers in the third millennium.

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