March 10, 2012

The Influence of Culture on Decision Making

In these two weeks of robust decision making module I learned that decision-making is a process. And when I thought about what if we want to make decisions with people from different cultures. What are the different tools we use in such process? As we know now a day’s because of globalisation and liberalisation multinational companies wants to expand their business all over the world and hence they are making joint ventures with local companies. So my question is apart form decision-making tools that I have learned and can apply in these scenarios. What are the factors that might affect to such decision?

I heard about Japanese strategies of decision-making, as they don’t keep their leaders in front at first time, for ex if they want to make an decision with someone then their leader will stay back and other subordinated go ahead attend the meeting and tell the minutes of meeting to their leader and then leader makes decision. But in USA it is totally different their only main leaders who are having the authority to make that decision go and attend the meeting and of they think then they make decision on the spot. The palace where I came from we follow both types as our leader go and attend meetings but not the main leaders they are the subordinated and they are having little power of making decision on the spot as per requirements and situation, otherwise they will ask their main leaders to make decision.

So constantly I am asking myself what are the tools that can solve this cultural difference of decision making what can minimise this or is there any tool that helps in such decision making process? My question is still unanswered if you can add any value to it please do so…..



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  1. Ilektra-maria Kaldi

    I think that all decision tools can apply to every culture if they are used correctly and ethically. Although companies are comprised of peoples from all walks of life with different backgrounds and experiences, if they are open to new ideas they can easily grasp the basic understanding of a proper decision-making process. In other words, the methods per se are not the problem; they can apply to your context as long as you know how to use them. The ‘trap’ lies in the perceptions and the biases that people have I think. Therefore, your question can find its answer in the way that people with different cultures behave and interpret things. The decision-making tools are neutral, the way we use them actually can be positive or negative and that’s why the tools have pros and cons.

    10 Mar 2012, 20:15

  2. Akshay Kothari

    thanks Ilektra… this is really a good answer. now if i see the problem in that context :- Decision making tools are neutral and it depends upon us how we use it.. that made me think differently.. i completely agree with your view.

    11 Mar 2012, 19:22


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