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The problem of this study was to determine if decision styles of knowledge workers could predict a level of creativity and/or an orientation toward risk of knowledge workers. A biographical survey and two self-scoring instruments were administered to each subject. The first instrument, Decision Style Inventory (DSI) by Alan Rowe and Richard Mason classified the subjects according to four basic decision styles: directive, analytical, conceptual and behavioral. The second instrument, The Creatrix Inventory (C&RT) by Richard Byrd measured the subject's level of creativity and orientation toward risk. There were two primary hypothesis: Hypothesis One examined the statistical strength of the decision styles to a level of creativity of knowledge workers, and Hypothesis Two examined the statistical strength of the decision styles to an orientation toward risk of knowledge workers. Multivariate regression analysis was used to determine the relationship between the independent and dependent variables. Results indicate that there was a very low, but statistically significant relationship between the dependent and independent variables. Therefore, decision styles can predict a level of creativity as well as an orientation toward risk of knowledge workers. Additional linear regression analysis indicated that creativity and risk did not have a statistically significant relationship.
Hill, Beth Ann, "An analysis of decision styles as a predictor variable for levels of creativity and/or orientations toward risk-taking of knowledge workers." (1996). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 9038.