Administrators Solving the Problems of Practice Decision-Making Concepts, Cases, and Consequences

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-11
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Tested in hundreds of classrooms, this text is a student favorite that brings eight classical models of decision making to life, creating useful tools in developing strategies to solve real-life problems. The frameworks include; classical, administrative, incremental, mixes scanning, political, and garbage can models as well as two models of shared decision making. After illustrating the use of these decision-making models to analyze and develop solution strategies, students have the opportunity to explore about fifty actual cases to build their own analyses and solution strategies. New, contemporary cases have been added to this edition throughout the text as well as a final chapter that encourages cooperative learning by incorporating a comprehensive case study to be handled as a group project.

Table of Contents

Case Method: An Historical Perspective
Rationality and Decision Making
Rationality and Values
Rationality and the Environment
Rationality and the Unexpected
Mindful Decision Making: Reflective, Not Mechanical
Decision Making
Optimizing and Satisficing
The Classical Model: An Optimizing Strategy
The Administrative Model: A Satisficing Strategy
Decision-Making Process: A Cyclical Process
The Teachers Council
Analyzing the Case: Using the Satisficing Model
Controversial Speaker
Decision Making: Muddling and Scanning
The Incremental Model: A Strategy of Successive Limited Comparisons
Conflict at Christmas
Analyzing the Case: An Incremental Approach
The Mixed-Scanning Model: An Adaptive Strategy
Analyzing the Case: An Adaptive Strategy
Summary and Conclusion
Crisis in Marshall Creek
Decision Making: Garbage and Politics
The Garbage-Can Model: Irrational Decision Making
Critical Friends Groups
Analyzing the Case: Garbage-Can Model
The Political Model: Personal Rationality
Divided Loyalties
Analyzing the Case: The Political Model
Summary and Conclusion
Politics at River Grove
Using the Best Model: Practice Cases
Decision-Making Models: A Comparison
The Best Model: A Contingency Approach
A Contingency Mode: Matching Strategy with Situation
Applying the Appropriate Model
Decision Making: A Practical Tip
: Freak Dancing
Sexual Harassment
Late Again
Excessive Force?
Discord and Disharmony
Superintendent's Hiring Dilemma
Sour Notes
Zero Tolerance Policy: The Eagle Scout
The Slap
Low Expectations, Poor Performance
Kinky Hair
The Reluctant Assistant
The Setup
Dropped for a Loss
Shared Decision Making: A Comprehensive Model
Managing Participation: Enhancing Quality and Acceptance
Decision Making Styles
Decision Making Trees
The Curriculum Dilemma: A Group Problem
Analyzing the Case: The Curriculum Dilemma
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