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UMT Academic Dean Speaks at the PMI Washington DC Chapter Annual Symposium

ARLINGTON, Virginia, October 7, 2014

Dr. J. Davidson Frame, UMT Academic Dean, PMI Fellow, was a speaker at the Annual Symposium of the Washington DC Chapter of PMI (PMIWDC) on September 26, 2014. Dr. Frame’s presentation, attended by 200 participants, was titled "Beyond PMBOK: Seven Reality Checks in Decision Making." This year's symposium with an theme "Leadership in an Interdisciplinary World." was attended by more than 500 attendees. The PMIWDC is one of the largest PMI chapters with about 30,000 members.

Dr. Frame's presentation drew on insights offered in his recently published book, Framing Decisions: Decision Making that Accounts for Irrationality, People, and Constraints (2013). Frame’s principal message was to note that " decisions of consequence" are often quite messy, where rationality frequently takes a back seat to working through the contending interests of decision makers, decision implementers, stakeholders, and the public. To make effective decisions, decision makers must master the social space of the decisions they face. That is, they must focus on identifying the interests of key players and figure out how to sort through their often conflicting points of view. This approach is quite different from what is taught in standard decision making courses, where a major goal pursued by decision makers is to develop quantitative models to identify optimal solutions. The underlying premise of Frame’s approach is that decision making among multiple players entails substantial compromise, where mathematically optimal solutions are irrelevant. Ultimately, effective decision making requires decision makers to dedicate most of their attention to dealing with people and all of their quirks.

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