Debating Rationality

9780801433788: Hardback
Release Date: 17th February 1998

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 296

Series Frank W. Pierce Memorial Lectureship and Conference Series

Cornell University Press

Debating Rationality

Nonrational Aspects of Organizational Decision Making

"Debating Rationality is a terrific collection of essays written by an obviously first rate set of scholars. Several recent books have attempted to make similar points, but this volume pushes the ideas in new directions, rather than simply...
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"Debating Rationality is a terrific collection of essays written by an obviously first rate set of scholars. Several recent books have attempted to make similar points, but this volume pushes the ideas in new directions, rather than simply restating what are now established themes."—Roderick M. Kramer, co-author of Trust in OrganizationsDecision makers strive to be rational. Traditionally, rational decisions maximize an appropriate return. The contributors to this book challenge the common assumption that good decisions must be rational in this economic sense. They emphasize that the decision-making process is influenced by social, organizational, and psychological considerations as well as by economic concerns. Relationships, time pressure, external demands for specific types of performance, contractual expectations, human biases, and reactions to unfair treatment alter the decision-making context and the resulting decision outcomes.

Jennifer J. Halpern was formerly Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. She made the economically irrational decision to be an at-home parent.

Robert Stern is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

"Debating Rationality is a terrific collection of essays written by an obviously first rate set of scholars. Several recent books have attempted to make similar points, but this volume pushes the ideas in new directions, rather than simply restating what are now established themes."

Roderick M. Kramer, coauthor of Trust in Organizations

"Several fine scholars provide interesting reviews of differing literatures."

Academy of Management Review

"The bottom line is that this fine book represents an achievement by all of its authors as well as an invitation to move away from traditional, singular models of economic rationality."

Administrative Science Quarterly