LDRS 320 Assignment:  12 Angry Men The intent of this assignment is for a student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material taught in the first half of LDRS 320.

LDRS 320

Assignment:  12 Angry Men

The intent of this assignment is for a student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material taught in the first half of LDRS 320. The assignment begins by watching the movie, 12 Angry Men.  The movie shows a decision-making process to determine the guilt or innocence of the boy on trial.  All aspects of decision making presented thus far in LDRS 320 are seen in the movie.

Throughout this paper, it is expected the student will demonstrate a knowledge of

·        Decision models

·        How faulty decisions are made

·        The impact of dialogue in a decision-making process

·        Inquiry and advocacy in decision making

·        The hidden traps that hamper decision making.



·        Making Decisions, Buer and Erdogen

·        Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions:  Campbell, Whitehead, Finkelstein

·        Conquering a Culture of Indecision, Ram Charan

·        What You Don’t Know About Making Decisions:  Garvin and Roberto

·        Hidden Traps in Decision Making: Hammond, Keeney, Raiffa



1.      Use at least 2 references taken from each item on the Reading List.  Each article can be found in Moodle and the course text:  On Making Smart Decisions, HBR.

2.      Length of paper:  5 – 7 pages, double spaced, plus title page and reference page.  Use APA format. 

3.      Due date:  February 18, 11:59pm.  

4.      Late papers are not accepted except for proven special circumstances with request for permission at least 24 hours before the due date.



The percentage in front of each section is the max grade allowed for the section

10%       What are 2 types of decision-making models used in the 12 Angry Men decision-making process?  Describe what they are and, for each one, was it effective or ineffective? Why or why not?  (1/2 – 1 page)

18%       Describe three Red Flags that lead to a faulty decision process. Describe how each of the Red Flags can be seen in the movie and how it impacted the decision-making process.   (1/2 – 1 page)

18%       Dialogue is the basic unit of decision making.  Define what the 3 Cs are.  Give examples and descriptions from the movie where you saw Affective and Cognitive conflict.  Give examples also of Consideration and Closure.   Why was it difficult to arrive at having effective dialogue?            (1 page)

20%     Inquiry and advocacy are two types of dialogue.  Conduct a comparison between: Juror #3 practicing advocacy, and juror # 8 (Mr. Davis) practicing inquiry.  Complete or fill in the squares of the table found in the article entitled:  What you don’t know about decision making, (see the section called: Two approaches to decision making).       (1 – 2 pages)

·        For each box in the table, describe what it means and give examples of how you observed that action in the Juror #3 (Advocacy) and Juror #8 (Inquiry).

·        EXAMPLE:  Work across each line, left to right.

o   Line one is Concept of Decision Making

§  Describe and define:  “Concept of decision making”

§  Under the Advocacy column, describe how Juror #3 demonstrated the “Concept of decision making” as a contest.

§  Under the Inquiry column, describe how Juror #8 demonstrated “Concept of decision making” as collaboration in problem solving.

15%       Describe three hidden decision traps:  what they are and how they impacted the decision-making process in the movie?   What are the dangers in hidden traps when making a decision?   (1 page)

9%          List three leadership lessons you have learned about decision making from watching the movie?  Explain the “why” for each one.   (1/2 – 1 page)

5%          Reference page format

5%          A+:   The assignment is presented with excellence, ready to publish, and displays a strong understanding of all sections of the assignment.

o   Near perfect grammar and English

o   Perfect spelling

o   All criteria met and presented in a professional and thoughtful manner.

o   Displays a clear knowledge of the material covered in LDRS 320 thus far.



Each section will be graded on the:

o   accuracy

o   level of critical thinking

o   integration of the topic with the actions in the movie

o   effectiveness of the references

o   spelling and grammar