Decision Problems and Processes
We analyze the concept of decision and show that it cannot be completely separated from that of decision process. We then propose that the set of critical points in the course of a decision process determines the comprehensive or final decision. This comprehensive decision results from the interactions among the stakeholders (individuals, entities, communities) and the conflicts among the preferences of the actors (stakeholders, third parties,...). Finally, we introduce an example concerning the purchase of a family car to illustrate the chaotic and often unforeseen course that the process may take.
KeywordsDecision Problem Final Action High Speed Train Purchase Price Partial Decision
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