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Anyone who watches the television news has seen images of firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings and paramedics treating bombing victims. How do these individuals make the split-second decisions that save lives? Most studies of decision making, based on artificial tasks assigned in laboratory settings, view people as biased and unskilled. Gary Klein is one of the developers of the naturalistic decision making approach, which views people as inherently skilled and experienced. It documents human strengths and capabilities that so far have been downplayed or ignored.

Since 1985, Klein has conducted fieldwork to find out how people tackle challenges in difficult, nonroutine situations. Sources of Power is based on observations of humans acting under such real-life constraints as time pressure, high stakes, personal responsibility, and shifting conditions. The professionals studied include firefighters, critical care nurses, pilots, nuclear power plant operators, battle planners, and chess masters. Each chapter builds on key incidents and examples to make the description of the methodology and phenomena more vivid. In addition to providing information that can be used by professionals in management, psychology, engineering, and other fields, the book presents an overview of the research approach of naturalistic decision making and expands our knowledge of the strengths people bring to difficult tasks.

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An overview of naturalistic decision making, which views people as inherently skilled and experienced.

Synopsis:

Anyone who watches the television news has seen images of firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings and paramedics treating bombing victims. How do these individuals make the split-second decisions that save lives? Most studies of decision making, based on artificial tasks assigned in laboratory settings, view people as biased and unskilled. Gary Klein is one of the developers of the naturalistic decision-making approach, which views people as inherently skilled and experienced.

About the Author

Gary Klein is Chief Scientist of the Klein Associates Division, Applied Research Associates.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262611466
Subtitle:
How People Make Decisions
Author:
Klein, Gary
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Applied Psychology
Subject:
Decision Making & Problem Solving
Subject:
Decision-making
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Sources of Power
Publication Date:
19990218
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 in

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"Synopsis" by , Anyone who watches the television news has seen images of firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings and paramedics treating bombing victims. How do these individuals make the split-second decisions that save lives? Most studies of decision making, based on artificial tasks assigned in laboratory settings, view people as biased and unskilled. Gary Klein is one of the developers of the naturalistic decision-making approach, which views people as inherently skilled and experienced.
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