R. W. Scholz, A. C. Zimmer (Eds.)
Qualitative Aspects of Decision Making

The volume Qualitative Aspects of Decision Making deals with three issues that may widen research on judgement and decision making. Firstly, the concepts and their formal or semantic relations in normative and cognitive modelling are addressed. Particularly alternative representations of uncertainty are treated which reflect different qualities of knowledge. Secondly, the meaning of the decision to the subject's world and its environment are treated. Thus contextualizations of the task and a theory of the subject task relation are discussed. Thirdly, the complexity of a decision task is conceived as a specific quality which, for example, requires multiple representations and strategies of knowledge integration.

All contributions are focusing on psychological models and theories. Empirical methods ranging from experiments through surveys to case studies are used. Theoretical and applied issues are dealt with. Applications and qualitative aspects are introduced from economy, medical, legal and environmental sciences.


R. W. Scholz, A. C. Zimmer: Editors’ preface: Qualitative aspects of decision making - a challenge for decision research

A. C. Zimmer: Why do real-world problems necessitate a qualitative approach to decision making?

T. Wallsten, D. Budescu, C. Tsao: Combining linguistic probabilities

G. Oden, L. Lopes: Risky choice with fuzzy criteria

J. Fox, R. Cooper: Cognitive processing and knowledge representation in decision making under uncertainty

G. Gigerenzer: Ecological intelligence: an adaption for frequencies

H. Jungermann: Reasons for uncertainty: from frequencies to stories

A. Zimmer: Some evidence in support for a qualitative approach in decision making

R. W. Scholz, H. A. Mieg, O. Weber: Mastering the complexity of environmental problem solving by the case study approach


1997, 188 pages, ISBN 3-931660-57-5, Price:30,- Euro


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