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Dimensiunea psihologică a deciziei liderului militar
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF MILITARY LEADER’S DECISION

Author(s): Ciprian Pripoae-Serbănescu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: ”Carol I” National Defence University Publishing House
Keywords: subjectivity; Military Decision Making Process (MDM); practical thinking; sys¬tems thinking; uncertainty; meta-cognition

Summary/Abstract: How war is defined will further establish the context and needs for additional adjustments in military training and education. The most recent paradigms such as “network operation” or “effect-based operations” will increasingly demand new mental skills from military decision makers. Researches on ill-structured problems solving under uncertainty have indicated that using only a single decision-making method is inappropriate and counterproductive. Decision makers naturally make use of intuitive methods that emphasize experience and native ways of thinking and judgment rather than using a standard algorithm for problem solving. As a response to the “orthodox” method of decision making (MDMP), there has been suggested the alternative of practical thinking inspired by naturalistic psychology. Thus, there are taken into account cognitive limitations and mental traps induced inherently by decisional process. Practical thinking suggests a reflective, questioning, integrative thinking style, by which the decision maker will continually define problems that arise, will find and evaluate solutions and effects generating an individual system of control and evaluation.

  • Issue Year: 42/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 144-150
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Romanian