The Relationship between Identifiable Attributes and Decision-Making Ability of Purchasing Personnel as Measured by the Results of a Management Game Page: 8
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participants could make their decisions on an individual basis, rather
than in groups. However, the participants were cautioned about the
importance of prompt response once decision results were received
and a new decision was to be made.
The limitations to this study are as follows:
1. The research does not contend that findings and conclu-
sions in the Texas-Oklahoma area are statistically significant for the
nation as a whole.
2. The nature of the data collection technique with regard
to time and financial constraints made it impractical to play a manage-
ment game in its entirety. Eight decisions were played in order to
take the participants through one entire business cycle.
3. Due to the fact that decisions are made by mail, all
bias could not be totally eliminated. Participants were free to seek
advice from outside sources. If the participant was more concerned
with making a favorable impression on the researcher than actually
determining how his decision-making ability compared to other pur-
chasing people, then this type of bias could exist. However, it is
felt that the involvement that was generated through playing the game
kept this element of bias to a minimum.
4. An a priori assumption is made that the ability to play a
management game is directly related with dec is ion-making ability.
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Ellis, Norman Dean, 1933-. The Relationship between Identifiable Attributes and Decision-Making Ability of Purchasing Personnel as Measured by the Results of a Management Game, dissertation, May 1973; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc164597/m1/21/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .