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Paradoxical cognition and decision quality: The moderating effects of flexibility and rationality

Paradoxical cognition and decision quality: The moderating effects of flexibility and rationality

Eranova, Mariya and Prashantham, Shameen (2017) Paradoxical cognition and decision quality: The moderating effects of flexibility and rationality. In: Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management. ISSN 0065-0668 (Print), 2151-6561 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.5465/AMBPP.2017.14282abstract)

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Abstract

While recent research has provided valuable insight into how paradox facilitates dynamic decision making, the positive effect of paradoxical cognition on strategic decision quality has not been empirically tested, and its boundary conditions are unclear. We addressed these lacunae using survey data from 110 firms in China, an intriguing setting for studying paradox. We found the effect of paradoxical cognition on decision quality to be positive and significant. Furthermore, we found that firms adopting high levels of comprehensiveness and low levels of strategic flexibility benefit more from paradoxical cognition. We thus shed light on the boundary conditions of paradoxical cognition’s positive effect on strategic decision quality: it is a complement to comprehensiveness, but is a substitute to strategic flexibility.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Academy of Management Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, paradox, strategic decision making
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Connected Cities Research Group
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 10:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 6
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18521

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