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What is the Rational Decision Making Model?

The Rational Decision-Making Model describes the steps a group would take when making a logical decision. The steps are designed to reduce the impact of biases, logical fallacies, and knee-jerk reactions on the decision to increase decision quality. These steps include:

  • Identifying a problem or opportunity
  • Gathering information
  • Analyzing the situation
  • Developing options
  • Evaluating alternatives
  • Selecting a preferred alternative
  • Acting on the decision

Many decision-making meetings use some or all of these steps.

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