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Using a decision tree to work with National Standards

Deciding what sort of decision you are faced with and with whom you should consult in the process, is probably as important as actually making the decision. This is one of the judgement aspects of decision making. We have chosen to illustrate the pathway of this thinking with a conversation between two principals based around a decision tree. In this case the complex decision required is how to deal with the National Standards requirements and the decision tree selected is based on the work of Victor Vroom.

(Vroom, V. H., & Jago, A. G. (1988). The new leadership: Managing participation in organizations. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.)

You can try this decision making tree for yourself at:


A further on-line reference you may like to visit:


If you find this short role play useful please leave a comment. The Ariki Team are keen to make more of these podcasts if colleagues find them worthwhile.

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