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Bad Arguments and Rationalization in Business
Freeman, R. Edward; Wicks, Andrew C.; Harris, Jared D.; Parmar, Bidhan L.; Mead, Jenny Technical Note E-0406 / Published January 5, 2016 / 7 pages.
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The following note attempts to catalog and analyze a set of flawed but common arguments made in business and organizational settings to drive strategic and operational decision-making. The arguments are deconstructed into syllogistic form?a set of premises leading to a conclusion?and analyzed for validity and soundness. The final part of this note pays attention to ways decision-makers can avoid such bad arguments and the rationalization that often goes hand in hand with them.


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    The following note attempts to catalog and analyze a set of flawed but common arguments made in business and organizational settings to drive strategic and operational decision-making. The arguments are deconstructed into syllogistic form?a set of premises leading to a conclusion?and analyzed for validity and soundness. The final part of this note pays attention to ways decision-makers can avoid such bad arguments and the rationalization that often goes hand in hand with them.

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