Men and women executives and processes related to decision accuracy

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Random samples of 100 female and 100 male executives in federal agencies (all at the GS-15 level) were administered a personnel decision task measure, the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale, the Revised Choice Dilemmas Questionnaire, and the Personal Attributes Questionnaire. These measures, in addition to the criterion variable of decision accuracy, represented 11 predictor variables (6 decision task variables, 2 personality variables, and 3 sex role perception variables). There were no significant differences between the male and female executives on any of the decision task variables. Female executives were less prone to risk taking than male executives, and female executives showed a tendency toward androgyny. Stepwise multiple regression produced 3 variables (confidence, dogmatism, and decision latency) that were related to decision accuracy; this was independent of the sex of the executives. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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