An Integrative Model of Attention Load and Its Roles When Solving Complex Problems in Organizations

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Abstract

Both the constraining and enabling forces of attention load interact when decision-makers solve complex problems effectively. Synthesizing strands of educational, cognitive psychology, as well as organization research, we develop a conceptual process framework. It explains the ways in which extrinsic, intrinsic, and germane attention load dynamics shape attention capacity which is necessary for developing a mental model of the problem. In particular, the paper adds internal and external context elements -problem characteristics, frames and support- that influence how attention load unfolds within the problem-solving process. Contributions are intended to be made to attention, problem-solving and decision-making literatures, and to current efforts at making bounded rationality assumptions more humanistic.

Authors Reuter, Emmanuelle & Laamanen, Tomi
Language English
Keywords Attention capacity, Attention load, problem-solving
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 3 August 2014
Publisher Academy of Management
Page Range 40
Title of Book Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Event Title 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words"
Event Location Philadelphia, PA
Event Dates 01-05.08.2014
Publisher DOI 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.16856abstract
Depositing User Dr. Emmanuelle Reuter
Date Deposited 13 Jul 2015 11:30
Last Modified 23 Mar 2018 11:14
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/242465

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Reuter, Emmanuelle & Laamanen, Tomi: An Integrative Model of Attention Load and Its Roles When Solving Complex Problems in Organizations. 2014. - 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words". - Philadelphia, PA.

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