Department of Decision Sciences
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The teaching and research activities of the Department of Decision Sciences are complex and are focused on the trends and approaches discussing decision-making, preparation, support, understanding and formation of the problem-solving process to encourage participation, responsibility, involvement – at individual, group, organisational, community and social levels. The teaching and research activities of the Department of Decision Sciences focus on the theoretical and methodological issues of the most important management activity – decision-making. Our goal is to help improve corporate decision-making practice primarily via the preparation of the future decision-makers.
Our teaching and research activity is characterised by problem centred approach. This approach is present in our every course taught in Hungarian and English languages from the bachelor’s training to PhD course. We have two complex courses, Decision Theory and Decision Techniques studies. We teach our Decision Theory subject, which has a history of decades at the University, at master, postgraduate and PhD levels. The subject is, however, one of the fastest developing branches of the management fields requiring continuous development. Decision Theory researching the background of the decisions is complemented by the expressly practice oriented Decision
Techniques subject taught within the framework of bachelor’s training aimed at preparing the students to solve real problems, equipping them with the techniques of problem solving and facilitating the application of these at level of proficiency with the method of experimental learning, individual and group reflection. The research portfolio of the Department of Decision Sciences is the example of making an effort to integrate our research themes with our education development activity related to the applied character of the theory.
The five key themes, in which our colleagues perform research are:
- Research of decisions concerning organisational decision-making including the subjects of strategic decisions, performance management, future construction, stakeholder approach, corporate social responsibility;
- In the course of researching the features of individual decision-making we examine the role of management skills and decision-making styles, the presence of rationality and creativity, behavioural science approaches and the effect of flow in management;
- Research of social and community decisions (e.g. participation decisions; social innovations)
- Responsibility and sustainability (e.g. ecological economics, degrowth, ecosystem services, social changes in the service of solidarity economy)
- Teaching method innovation (e.g. methods of experimental and transformative learning)