Openness to change and conservation in value-laden decisions

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

Field Value
Title Openness to change and conservation in value-laden decisions
Creator Prinsloo, Christoff Lew, Charlene
Subject — decision-making quality; managerial values; openness to change; conservation; value clashes
Description Orientation: Values influence decision-making in organisations; however, it is not yet clear how values of openness to change and conservation determine decision quality when managers are faced by competing values.Research purpose: The research examines the relationships between managerial values of openness to change and conservation and cognitive decision quality.Motivation for research: We argue that values influence cognitive decision-making quality.Research approach/design and method: The quantitative research design made use of the portrait value questionnaire–based values of openness to change and conservation in relation to a measure of decision-making quality based on two value clashing decision scenarios.Main findings: The results revealed that the managers’ cognitive decision-making quality was lower for those who valued tradition within the conservation value block, with some indication that self-directed thought related to better cognitive processing of decision alternatives.Contribution/value-add: The research demonstrates how the operationalised integrative complexity measure may be used as a novel decision-making quality metric. In addition, it introduces new value-sensitive decision-making scenarios. It also demonstrates that decision quality considerations in the value-driven decision-making dialogue are as important as ethical considerations. A values and quality decision-making framework gives managers an approach to higher quality decisions.Practical/managerial implications: As values are stable rules of behaviour, the results support the development of decision-making quality and values awareness for managers.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-04-09
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative; survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v19i0.1468
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 19 (2021); 11 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
Coverage South Africa — Management; gender; ethnicity
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Christoff Prinsloo, Charlene Lew