A person has this style if they have a low tolerance for ambiguity and are efficient, rational, and logical in their way of thinking. They focus on the short term and are quick to make decisions, usually resulting in a decision that has been made with minimal information and not carefully analyzing other alternatives. Example: When a manager spots the dirt on the window, and orders the cleaner to clean the window now, that is a directive style decision-making. The cleaner has to follow the instruction, and does not need to ask for clarification.
As opposed to the directive style, a person with an analytic decision-making style has greater tolerance to ambiguity. They are careful decision makers that like to be well informed and thoroughly assess their options. They usually have the ability to adapt or cope with unique and challenging situations. Analytic style decision-making has high tolerance for ambiguity and is rational. The decision-making style is due to uncertainty, and lack of information. For example, when the management is discussing about acquisition. They do not make decision fast. They want to have more information before they make the major acquisition. They have to find answers to many “what if” questions.
Conceptual decision makers are generally very broad in their approach and consider all available alternatives. They are long-term oriented and are usually capable of formulating creative solutions to problems. Conceptual style decision-making is characterized by high tolerance for ambiguity and is intuitive in nature. This kind of decision making is for a long term, and subjected to changes. For example, after Singapore gained independence, the Singapore government decided on industrialization. That was a conceptual style decision-making. There was no guarantee of success, and no historical data for analysis. As a result of the...