Assume that you have the following decision-making options: (1) make decisions on

your own with available information, (2) consult others before making a decision, and

(3) call a meeting and reach a consensus, seeking to arrive at a final decision everyone

can agree on. Which approach would you use to make each of the following decisions

and why?

a. You were the project leader for Casino Night on campus, a charitable event organized

by your group to raise money for the homeless. The event was a big success,

garnering a net profit of $3,500. Before the event your team researched nearby

organizations that support the homeless and to whom the money could be given. You

narrowed the choices to the Chunk of Coal House and St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.

Eventually your group decided that the funds should be given to Chunk of Coal

House. You are about to write a check to its director when you read in the local

newspaper that the Chunk of Coal House has terminated operations. What should you

do with the money?

b. You are a golf course designer hired by Trysting Tree Golf Club to renovate their golf

course. You have worked closely with the board of directors of the club to develop a

new layout that is both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Everyone is excited

about the changes. The project is nearly 75 percent complete when you encounter

problems on the 13th hole. The 13th hole at Trysting Tree is a 125-yard par three in

which golfers have to hit their tee shots over a lake to a modulated green. During the

construction of the new tee box, workers discovered that an underground spring runs

beneath the box to the lake. You inspected the site and agreed with the construction

supervisor that this could create serious problems, especially during the rainy winter

months. After surveying the area, you believe the only viable option would be to

extend the hole to 170 yards and create elevated tees on the adjacent hillside. Which

of the three decision-making options should you use to make a decision about Hole

13?

c. You are the leader of a new-product development project. Your team has worked hard

on developing a third-generation product that incorporates new technology and meets

customer demands. The project is roughly 50 percent complete. You have just

received a report from the Marketing Department detailing a similar product that is

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about to be released by a competitor. The product appears to utilize radical new

design principles that expand the functionality of the product. This poses a serious

threat to the success of your project. Top management is considering canceling your

project and starting over again. They want you to make a recommendation.