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How our learning ability and getting advice impacts decision-making

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Keywords: learning, learning ability, absorptive capacity, advice, expert advice, peer advice, decision-making, decisions

When you think about the continual stream of decisions that people make in organisations on a day-to-day basis, the very fact that a decision is having to be made rather than the choice just being an habitual action, means that there is some level of uncertainty, doubt and dilemma involved. In other words, there is a conscious process of having to make a choice, as opposed to just following an automatic action and that this choice is not certain.

A new (2019) study on a series of experiments has looked into how learning ability and advice from peers and experts informs people’s decision-making. The researchers wanted to see:

  1. How different people react to different sources of advice
  2. How their own individual learning ability may be impacting these reactions.
  3. Whether or not people learn by increasing their story of knowledge about a subject or simply by applying the advice given and learning from the outcomes.
  4. Whether people with different learning abilities seek advice in different ways.

This research briefing is essential reading for anyone interested in decision-making.

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