Essays on Decision-Making at The Games Forum Company Case Study

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The paper "Decision-Making at The Games Forum Company" is a perfect example of a management case study.   The purpose of this report is to analyze decision making at The Games Forum Company. The company deals with the design, production, and sales of games. The Games Forum has expanded since its inception and has well-structured management. Rick, who is the company manager came up with a decision to expand to china without consulting his executive team. The decision by the manager led to conflict as there was a lack of consultation among the executives.

The decision-making framework is not all-inclusive making it hard for smooth implementation of the decision. The Game Forum is composed of an executive team that is well qualified and could have helped Rick in making the decision through consultation. Having consultation in decision making leads to smooth implementation and support from everyone (Stanovich & West 651). This report will utilize a psychological perspective in identifying the issues with Rick’ s decision making. The report will also give recommendations on how Rick can improve decision making in the organization. Analysis Decision making framework at The Game Forum The framework used in coming up with decisions has a profound effect on the quality of the decision made.

According to Messick (26), the decision-maker can be an individual or a group. Despite this, decisions made in companies and organizations are assumed to be made by the management. In the case of The Game Forum, the decision making body is the executives. Despite this, Rick who is the manager and member of the executive dominates in making the decision. Rick had been the company manager for a long time and enabled the company to expand since its humble beginning.

In a real sense, decisions that are made at the Game Forum are individually made by the manager. In such an instance when the decision is made by one person, the quality is compromised (Fernandes 41). The compromise in quality is due to the fact that there is limited information to the individual as well as a few options. At the Game Forum, the manager decides to expand to China was based on his own knowledge and reasoning. Hastie & Dawes (36) asserts that when making a decision alone, the possibility of being rationally bounded increases.

He had failed to consider the feasibility of his expansion plans and the potential risk the venture would bring to the company. This is proved by other executives who see the decision to compromise the economic interest of the company. The decision making framework at the game Forum is a threat to the sustainable expansion strategy for the company. The framework lacks consultation which is vital for sustainable development (Saunders, Lewis & Thornhill 42). Sociological perspective Looking at the decision making process at The Game Forum from a sociological perspective can lead to conflicts in the organization.

Having conflicts related to the decision may lead to effects on the quality and the way in which the decision is implemented (Johnson & Johnson 61). The manager made the decision without any consultation with other executives. This lead to a situation where the decision-making process was by an individual rather than a group. The main drawback of this type of decision-making process is the fact that the executive may feel not committed to implementing the decision (Hastie & Dawes 43).

Executives’ commitment is very important as it ensures there is a significant contribution to the success of the decision.

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