Our text suggests that objective reality is often significantly different from perceived reality and is an important variable to consider when making decisions within an organization. In addition, attribution theory describes how people create the explanations for their own and others’ actions, as well as the outcomes of the applied behaviors. Based on these two premises, consider the following and then, formulate an analysis about how attribution theory and bias (according to chapter 8 in our text) can explain human behaviors within organizations and industry.

  • Use, or closely follow, this template for your paper.
  • Consider the following information      associated with attribution theory to support to your writing about      decision-making:
  • perceptions
  • bounded       reality
  • cognitive       biases
  • conjunction       fallacy
  • consistency
  • consensus
  • distinctiveness
  • fundamental       attribution error
  • creative       decision making
  • Writing Content
  • Decision-Making
  • Based on        our content this week, discuss the importance of rationale        decision-making in an organization, using necessary citations. Include        how bounded reality, cognitive biases, and conjunction fallacy might        affect decision-making.
  • Attribution Theory
  • Explain        attribution theory using necessary citations. Include a discussion about        the effects of consistency, consensus, distinctiveness, and fundamental        attribution error. Consider inclusion about the effects of perception,        primacy and recency effects, selective perceptions, contrast effect,        stereotyping to further support your discussion.
  • Personal Experience:       Inaccurate Judgement
  • Based on        our content this week, consider your own experiences with others. Have        your actions ever been judged inaccurately by a person such as a boss, a        peer, or a family member? How could this experience support your thesis        about whether or not attribution theory and bias affect human behaviors        with organization?
  • Can        self-serving, or other, bias affect one’s perception of a behavior?
  • Creative Decision Making
  • Explain how        creative decision-making can improve our ability to make better        decisions, considering the numerous obstacles to do so. Include an        analysis about how good decision making can potentially affect        productivity and job satisfaction.

Writing considerations:

  1. The introduction paragraph      should introduce your topic and clearly explain what the paper will      address.
  2. Headings can be used to      organize your information. See template (Each heading should include at      least two paragraphs – minimum.)
  3. Each paragraph should make a      point which can be linked back to your introduction paragraph. Design the      topic sentence to embody what the paragraph will entail.
  4. The most important      consideration in the body paragraphs is the argument that you want to      develop (is or is not perceptions, attribution theory and bias      applicable?) in response to the topic (applicability of perception,      attribution theory and bias). This argument is developed by making and      linking points in and between paragraphs.
  5. The conclusion paragraph should      restate your thesis (your suggestion that perceptions, attribution theory      and bias does or does not apply to human behaviors in organizations.)

Your assignment should be a minimum of five to six double-spaced pages, and should adequately discuss the topic, demonstrate maturating self-awareness, and include at least one peer-reviewed source, in addition to your text. Use the rubric to check for thoroughness. Include frequent citation to resources.

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