The authors’ affiliations are, respectively, Department of Management and Labor Relations, James J. Nance College of Business, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio; Management Department, School of Business Administration, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60611. E-mails: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. The authors thank Earl Curry for his help in identifying a suitable case for the study and designing the questionnaire.
A Model of Arbitral Decision Making: Facts, Weights, and Decision Elements
Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 266–283, April 2008
How to Cite
NELSON, N. E. and KIM, S. M. (2008), A Model of Arbitral Decision Making: Facts, Weights, and Decision Elements. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 47: 266–283. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00520.x
- Issue published online: 29 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
This study provides a structural model of arbitral decision making that depicts arbitrators as deciding cases by ascertaining the facts, attaching weights to the facts, and combining the facts and weights to form decision elements that determine their decisions. The model further posits that arbitrators’ biographical characteristics affect their decisions by influencing their fact finding and weight assignments. It also allows for arbitrators’ characteristics to have a direct impact on their decisions. A test of the model indicates that the decision elements determine the arbitrators’ decisions but the arbitrators’ characteristics have a limited impact.