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Decision making is a complex phenomenon which normally is deeply integrated into social life. At the same time the decision making process often gives the decision maker an opportunity for conscious planning and for taking a reflective stance with respect to the action considered. This suggests that decision making allows creative solutions with a potential to change the course of events both on an individual and a collective level. Given these considerations, we argue that in order to more fully understand decision making the perspectives of different disciplines are needed. In this volume we have attempted to draw together contributions that would provide a broad view of decision making. Much work has been carried out in the writing and editing of this volume. First of all we would like to thank the contributors for their efforts in producing interesting and important texts and for their patience in the editorial process. Each chapter was edited by two or three reviewers. These reviewers are listed on a separate page in this book. Our heartfelt thanks go to them for their time and for their incisive and constructive reviews! We are also grateful to the publishing editors at Kluwer Academic Publishers, Christiane Roll and Dorien Francissen, who have been generous with their encouragement and patience throughout the editorial process.
Part I: Introduction. 1. Social and Creative Decision Making; C.M. Allwood, M. Selart. Part II: Basic and General Issues. 2. The Nature of Creative Decision Making; K.G. Stoycheva, T.I. Lubart. 3. Task Creativity and Social Creativity in Decision-Making Groups; H. Wilke, M. Kaplan. 4. The Economic, Social, and Psychological Outcomes of Implementing a Deliberate Process of Organizational Creativity; M. Basadur. 5. Decision Making in the Context of Environmental Risks; H.-R. Pfister, G. Böhm. Part III: Applied Areas. A. Personal Life. 6. The Creation of a Realizable Option in the Face of Marital Distress: Application of a Perspective Model for Decision Making on Divorce; H. Willén. 7. Constructive Psychological Processes Before and After a Real-Life Decision; I. Salo, O. Svenson. 8. Contingent Decision Making in the Social World: The `Mental Ruler' Model; K. Takemura. B. Management and Work Organisation. 9. Creativity and Complex Problem Solving in the Social Context; P. Badke-Schaub, C. Buerschaper. 10. On Practitioners' Usage of Creativity Heuristics in the Decision Process; M. Selart, O. Boe. 11. Managerial Behavior and Decision Making; Personal and Situational Factors; C.J. Vinkenburg, et al. 12. Discipline and Creative Work - Designing Next Year's Car Model; S. Jönsson, et al. 13. Managers' Strategic Decision Processes in Large Organizations; L. Hedelin, C.M. Allwood. 14. Making Expansive Decisions: An Activity-Theoretical Study of Practitioners BuildingCollaborative Medical Care for Children; Y. Engeström. Author Index. Subject Index.