Applying Rational Decision-Making in a Real-World Context: A Case Study of XYZ Organization

Assignment Overview
The objective of this assignment is to assess your degree of mastery of the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) by demonstrating that you can apply and integrate the key course concepts in a real-world context. Begin this paper by identifying an organization and its climate providing the context surrounding the problem and ensuing decision. Provide a concise explanation of why it is a problem and what will happen if nothing changes? What are the potential opportunities/benefits of change? Following this, develop your paper to discuss your decision-making analysis of this problem as it relates to the first two steps of the rational decision-making process. Within each of the before mentioned areas be sure to include examination of the following:
Assignment Criteria
Overview (suggested length – one page)
Give a comprehensive introduction to the organization so that the reader has all necessary context to determine the effectiveness of your ultimate decision. Include the mission/values/vision of the organization for use later in the process. Conclude this section with a preview of the remaining sections of the paper.
Decision-Making Steps 1 & 2 Analysis (suggested length – two pages)
Rational Decision-Making Process – Describe the first two steps of the rational decision-making process as it applies to the identified problem. Be sure to include:
Defining the problem, in a single sentence (problem statement) being careful to avoid the common errors of:
Defining in absolute terms (either/or, yes/no)
Defining the problem in terms of the proposed solution
Missing a bigger problem
Diagnosing the problem in terms of its symptoms
Identifying the criteria
List and describe each relevant criterion
Mitigating Bias (suggested length – one page)
Identify and illustrate a single heuristic or bias that could negatively impact the decision-making process. Remember that any discussion of heuristic/bias should include a definition, application, and mitigation.
Ethical and Spiritual Analysis (suggested length – one page)
Reflect on the decision-making process, and evaluate the fairness of the decision-making process. Asses the repercussions of the decision on individuals, the organization, and the primary stakeholders or end-users.
Reflect on personal faith and ethical values, consider: is your decision aligned with the faith integration topics for this course? If so, how? If not, how? How do you think that your personal faith, values, and personal code of ethics informed your decision-making process?
Support assertions throughout your paper with the class sources and other additional sources as appropriate. Students should anticipate that this paper will be approximately 10 pages in length and APA formatted (Level I/II headings should suffice). Suggestion: Use the above subtitles in bold as headings for your paper. This will serve as an outline/guide for you and assist the reader following your thoughts.
Suggested Format
Title Page (APA format, see APA manual p. 32)
Overview (Level I heading)
Decision Making Steps and Analysis (Level I heading)
Define the Problem (Level II heading)
Identify the Criteria (Level II heading)
Mitigating Bias (Level I heading)
Ethical and Spiritual Analysis (Level I heading)
References (Level I heading)

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