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Sector-Specific Decision Failures in Business and Government, and Potential Solutions

Strategic Security Analysis - 2015 n°8

Release Date:

August 2015

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Key points

  • Different operational environments for businesses and governments create distinct types of suboptimal decisions in each sector.
  • Ideology, use of feedback and relations with the media play an important role in the private sector’s missteps.
  • Governments, on the other hand, are hampered by an emphasis of process over outcome and lack of a sense of the material impact of decisions.
  • Both sectors should learn from each other’s deficiencies in order to advance. Education has a role in this process.