Role of Perception in Decision Making

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Perception is simple terms can be defined as the representation of what is perceived by an individual or group of individuals about something or someone. Perception therefore has the ability to influence the decision taking ability. Husted and Allen (2008), state that the three aspects of ethical decision making include the perception of moral problems, moral reasoning and behavior…

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It has been found that cultural background indeed helps in shaping the behavior of an individual (Husted and Allen, 2008).
Today we are living in the times of globalization and liberalization of economies, which makes it obligatory on the part of the organizations and individuals to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. At times an organization also gets to be known as having particular culture by taking in consideration the working behavior and cultural background of the workforce. Managing a whole lot of diversity forms the key component of the effective management process. Diversity within an organization can also be effectively managed if one can analyze how we form a typical perception about someone. Workplace diversity is stated to have a positive as well as a negative aspect. The diversity on account of gender also influences the behavior of an organization. Thompson's (2000) came out with a detailed study suggesting that men hold more negative views of diversity than women. This view gets strength from an experiment carried out on 2686 workers at an electronics company. This experiment came out with findings that women of all racial/ethnic backgrounds held more positive perceptions of diversity than Caucasian males (Hostager and Meuse, 2008). ...
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