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An examination of the general decision making style questionnaire in two UK samples

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Abstract:

Purpose ‐ To examine the psychometric properties and construct validity of the general decision making style (GDMS) questionnaire in two UK samples.Design/methodology/approach ‐ The GDMS takes the form of a self-report questionnaire which identifies five decision making styles: rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant, and spontaneous. It was administered to samples of business studies undergraduates in two UK business schools. Analyses included scale reliabilities, test-re-test reliability, and both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses.Findings ‐ The instrument's internal and temporal consistencies were generally sound. Consistent with earlier studies, analyses undertaken on the two samples independently were generally supportive of a five factor model of decision making style. No relationships with gender or year of study were observed.Research limitations/implications ‐ Whilst generally supportive of the GDMS, results suggest that further validation work is required. This could include consideration of the relationships between the GDMS and other measures of cognitive/personality style.Practical implications ‐ The managerial implications of the strengths of and relationships between the different decision making styles observed are discussed.Originality/value ‐ The paper fulfils a stated requirement for further validation study of the GDMS instrument.

Keywords: Cognition; Decision making; Personality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940510579777

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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