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A conceptual review of decision making in social dilemmas: applying a logic of appropriateness.
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PMID:  15454350     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite decades of experimental social dilemma research, "theoretical integration has proven elusive" (Smithson & Foddy, 1999, p. 14). To advance a theory of decision making in social dilemmas, this article provides a conceptual review of the literature that applies a "logic of appropriateness" (March, 1994) framework. The appropriateness framework suggests that people making decisions ask themselves (explicitly or implicitly), "What does a person like me do in a situation like this? " This question identifies 3 significant factors: recognition and classification of the kind of situation encountered, the identity of the individual making the decision, and the application of rules or heuristics in guiding behavioral choice. In contrast with dominant rational choice models, the appropriateness framework proposed accommodates the inherently social nature of social dilemmas, and the role of rule and heuristic based processing. Implications for the interpretation of past findings and the direction of future research are discussed.
J Mark Weber; Shirli Kopelman; David M Messick
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1088-8683     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Rev     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-29     Completed Date:  2004-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703164     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Rev     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  281-307     Citation Subset:  IM    
Organizational Behaviour Department, Joseph L Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, ON, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Group Processes
Sex Factors
Social Behavior*
Social Identification

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