Orderness: A New Definition of Alignment


  • Christopher M. Scherpereel


Decision alignment is the essential to management and critical to participant performance in business simulation exercises. Fundamentally, alignment involves the optimal matching of decision problem characteristics with a known approach strategy. Most conceptualizations of alignment correctly focus on the identification of misalignment; however, these conceptualizations fail to offer the theory needed to guide the decision-maker toward alignment. The decision order alignment visualization described in this article provides the theory for identifying misalignment coupled with an actionable tool for guiding alignment strategies. A visualization tool is introduced that can be incorporated into business simulation exercises offering both developmental and evaluative feedback opportunities on decision effectiveness.