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Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

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Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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

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Title:An examination of the general decision making style questionnaire in two UK samples
Author(s):David P. Spicer, (Bradford University School of Management, Bradford, UK), Eugene Sadler-Smith, (School of Management, University of Surrey, Surrey, UK)
Citation:David P. Spicer, Eugene Sadler-Smith, (2005) "An examination of the general decision making style questionnaire in two UK samples", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 20 Iss: 2, pp.137 - 149
Keywords:Cognition, Decision making, Personality
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02683940510579777 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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.

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