An Examination of the Decision Making Styles of Egyptian Managers

An Examination of the Decision Making Styles of Egyptian Managers

Hisham M. Abdelsalam, Reem H. Dawoud, Hatem A. ElKadi
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3658-3.ch013
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Many factors play roles in the success of managers. However, the manager’s decision-making style is one factor that highly contributes to that success and, therefore, to the success of their organization. In this chapter, a survey that includes a sample of 138 Egyptian managers in different organizational levels (junior, middle, and senior) is conducted to explore their decision-making styles. The research, then, investigates the relation between the variety of managers’ decision styles and seven variables: gender, age, ethnicity, educational level, educational major, administrative experience, and current position. Based on the findings, this research is able to provide baseline information to improve on the implications of decision-making styles on the selection and design of decision-support systems in Egypt.
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1. Introduction

One important key in a company’s performance and success, or failure, is its management and the chief role of management; that is of planning and decision making (Yuki, 1994). In order to be effective and productive in an organization, all managers at different managerial levels must possess the ability to make valued decisions. Decision-making is, thus, a crucial element of a manager’s responsibility in day-to-day operations as much as in long-term oriented strategic planning.

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