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Responsible Decision Making

Almost 20 years of his research work is summarized in Laszlo Zsolnai’s book “Responsible Decision Making” published by Transactions Publishers in 2008, New Brunswick and London.

The book argues that in complex choice situations simply pursuing the decision maker’s goals can be counter-productive. Responsibility is unavoidably present in complex choice situations. The responsible decision making model developed by the author suggests the selection of the least worst alternative in the decision space of deontological, goal-achievement, and stakeholder values. The underlying principle is
that the decision maker should find an optimal balance across different value dimensions.

The main conclusion of the book is that quality of life can be preserved and enhanced if decision makers pay equal attention to all the relevant value perspectives in the decision situation. Responsible decision making is not a luxury; rather, it is a precondition of life worthy to live.