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Does Decision Process Matter? A Study of Strategic Decision-Making Effectiveness

James W. Dean, Jr. and Mark P. Sharfman
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 39, No. 2 (Apr., 1996), pp. 368-396
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/256784
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

This study examined whether strategic decision-making processes are related to decision effectiveness, using a longitudinal field study design. We studied 52 decisions in 24 companies to determine if procedural rationality and political behavior influence decision success, controlling for the favorability of the environment and decision implementation. Our results indicate that decision-making processes are indeed related to decision success. Results are discussed in terms of the importance of strategic choice in organizations.

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